‘Voices After Detention’ is an exciting new short film by Samphire made in collaboration with Bamidele, Hamed and Colonel who have all spent time in immigration detention. The film highlights the negative impact of detention on the lives of people detained. Debating detention Tomorrow (10 September) parliament will debate the inquiry report into the impact and […]Read more "Samphire Film – ‘Voices After Detention’"
Christine Oliver, the Ex-Detainee Project Manager at Samphire writes about her latest bail hearing I represented a detainee at his bail hearing the other week. It’s been a while since I’ve done an application for bail and the shenanigans of the Home Office in their efforts to keep people in detention at a cost of […]Read more "Immigration Bail and Home Office shenanigans"
When a man fled the war in Syria, he was met with street homelessness in Italy and then detention in the UK. He told DDVG his story. The conflict I am a farm worker from a village with hills around it just outside Dar’a around two hours South of Damascus by car. I have a […]Read more "Fleeing Syria: an asylum seeker’s story"
The UK’s return of Syrians to destitution and homelessness in Italy tells us something about how we now treat those in need of protection, writes DDVG’s caseworker, Fraser. Now that Syria is destroying its chemical weapons, news outlets have moved onto other things and the Syrian civil war is drifting out of the UK public’s […]Read more "Syrian refugees: From protesting on the streets to living on them"
Margaret, a former visitor at DDVG, thinks that immigration detention conflicts with Britain’s traditions of inclusion in the community I became a DDVG volunteer around seven years ago because I felt that immigration detainees had a raw deal. I think that the UK’s tradition of inclusion in the community does not fit with imprisoning those […]Read more "Visitor’s perspective: Respect British tradition of inclusiveness"
For Blog Action Day 2013 be selfish and demand your human rights, writes DDVG caseworker, Fraser. Human rights have been in the news recently and, not for the first time, they have taken a battering. The UK Home Secretary Theresa May announced in September that the Conservative Party plans to scap the Human Rights Act, […]Read more "Human Rights are for you"
…you just think of home and tap your heels. Or, why the UK government’s go home campaign doesn’t check out. To paraphrase Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, or the UK government – we forget which – ‘Is life here hard? Going home is simple’. Setting aside for the moment how offensive – or criminally […]Read more "Going home is simple…"
Liana Wood on what motivated her to sign up to a half marathon to raise funds for DDVG I’ve been associated with this charity for a long time. Visiting detainees at Dover Immigration Removal Centre when I was a teenager helped me to understand more about the circumstances in which people come to this country, […]Read more "Why I’m running a half marathon for immigration detainees"
Removing immigrants impoverishes Britain’s culture, writes Fraser Paterson, DDVG’s new caseworker I am a new caseworker at DDVG and now that I am in my second week of work I thought I’d share my first impressions after a few meetings with detainees in Dover. Unexpectedly, my first thought has been what our current immigration system […]Read more "Casework insights: no one wins"
Joe recently shared his experiences of detention and destitution in the UK, at DDVG‘s Ex-Detainee Conference. This is his story. My name is Joe. I would have been due for release from prison on 22 July 2010, but then I was held under immigration powers, even while my deportation wasn’t imminent. I spent ten months […]Read more "‘As other human beings on this soil’: Joe’s story"