Families for Justice is a group of mothers, wives, partners and daughters living at the sharp end of the UK’s immigration policies.
“My daughter told me how she blamed herself or others for what had happened to her dad.
Before her GCSEs she was getting worried, as young people would, and she described missing how her father would tell her, “I know you’re going to get this”.
To not have her dad here to say this took a toll on my daughter and she suffered from panic attacks during that time.”
In 2020 we united as part of the Detention Action network. Over the last two years, Families for Justice has become a source of strength and solidarity for all of us. A space where we can talk about what we’re going through and know we won’t be judged. A space where we can unite and fight, together.
Currently, UK deportation law requires that any person who is not a British citizen and who is sentenced to imprisonment for 12 months or longer, will automatically be targeted for deportation.
Every member of Families for Justice has a loved one who has fallen under this
“Since the deportation, money is really tight. I used to work full time on a decent salary. Now I’m classed as a single parent with four dependants to look after, with no help with childcare. I have to send money out to my husband, who is unable to work in Jamaica due to the stigma created by this Government’s statements about the people they are deporting.”
This law has a devastating impact on our families and has made many of us into single parents, depriving our children of their fathers and leaving us financially and socially disadvantaged.
In March 2022 we published a groundbreaking report about the impact this law has had on our families, Separated Families: Unjust Deportations and the Families Left Behind.
Successive British Governments have continued ramping up anti-immigration policies. We refuse to accept this.
I know what people say about these cases but, whatever you believe, he’d done his time. People who were in prison with him are back with their loved ones now rehabilitating. My husband wanted the same chance and was so determined to get his life back. We were even talking about opening up a charity to help offenders rehabilitate. But just because he’s Jamaican, he can’t have that? Just because my kids are mixed race, their dad is lost to them forever?Emily