Lived Experience Campaigning
People with lived experience of immigration detention, deportation and asylum are integral to all aspects of Detention Action’s work, from our casework to our campaigning.
We believe it is essential that those who have been affected by these issues are at the heart of the work to challenge them.
This year (2020), we have set up an advisory working group made up of people with lived experience to advise our Casework Team on its work and practices. In 2020 we also established Families for Justice, a network family members affected by a loved one’s deportation, to campaign for fundamental reform to the deportation system and to provide peer support.
As of December 2020, we are excited to announce that we have appointed a new permanent member of staff with lived experience to coordinate lived experience work within DA.
In early 2021 we will be launching our lived experience campaigning group – announcement to follow.
In October 2020, Detention Action’s trustees took the difficult decision to stop facilitating the Freed Voices group. This follows a number of internal challenges. We worked intensively over a number of months to try and resolve these issues, but unfortunately reached a point where it was clear the differences were fundamental and we could no longer safely facilitate the group.