About us

Information last updated on June 10, 2021

Hundreds of people are held in immigration detention every day. They were detained without trial, and there is no legal limit on how long they can be held there.

It sounds like a dictatorship, but it’s happening here in the UK. Politicians from all the major parties have condemned it, but the government continues to detain over 20,000 people each year, at massive cost to the taxpayer.

The detention of migrants in inhumane conditions is an extreme human rights abuse and one of the most pressing issues facing the UK today. But the scale of this problem, and the reality of what’s going on inside the UK’s detention centres, is still not widely known.

Since 1993, we have worked to defend the rights and improve the welfare of people in immigration detention. We have supported thousands of detained people, as well as advocating tirelessly to keep detention on both the political and media agenda.

We’re a small organisation with a big impact, working on the frontline with people in immigration detention, as well as challenging injustice in detention, deportation, and asylum systems in the UK.

In the face of an increasingly hostile Government that’s intent on expanding immigration detention and ripping up the rights of people seeking refugee protection, we’ve achieved major wins. These include preventing the unlawful deportation of 25 people to Jamaica & pressuring Government to release hundreds from immigration detention in Spring 2020 due to Covid risks.

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