Experts by Experience

Information last updated on September 16, 2020

Experts-by-experience are committed to speaking out about the realities of the UK’s immigration detention system and calling for reform.

We believe it is essential that those who have been affected by detention are at the heart of the campaign to challenge it. We work closely with people with lived experience on all our activities, and have historically collaborated with a number of individuals including activists and experts-by-experience Freed Voices.

For more on our work with experts-by-experience, contact izzie@detentionaction.org.uk

Experts-by-experience not case studies

Experts-by-experience are not ‘former detainees’ or ‘case studies’. Such limiting labels do not reflect the depth and breadth of knowledge or campaigning experience that experts-by-experience bring to the campaign against immigration detention.

Government policy on immigration detention has gone unchecked for many years because of the way those detained have been portrayed – either as weak, passive victims or as dangerous, ‘foreign criminals’.

This has made it easier to silence both detention as an issue and the input of those with lived experience of detention in shaping policies. Experts-by-experience, including groups like the activists Freed Voices, seek to challenge and change these perceptions, and we do so as experts on detention.

It is therefore essential that those who have been affected by detention are at the heart of the campaign to challenge it.

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