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Teaser yarl s woodInitial Impressions of Yarl’s Wood

7 August 2017

A piece written by Annahita Moradi, a former BID Volunteer and future pupil barrister at 4 Breams Buildings featured in the July issue of our e-newsletter.

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Teaser londoncharitymarathonlogoBID does the BID does the Virgin Money London Marathon!

2 August 2017

We are delighted to let you know that we have secured a place at the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 taking place on 22nd April 2018!

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Teaser picture2The Freedom Lottery

1 August 2017

A piece written by Isaac Ricca-Richardson, BID Volunteer and future BPTC student at BPP featured in the July issue of our e-newsletter.

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Teaser legal advice surveyGovernment Detention Statistics

5 July 2017

BID’s Policy and Research Manager John Hopgood on the findings of BID’s latest Legal Advice Survey, and the government’s published data on detention.

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Teaser tom gilesThe Times Lawyer of the week: Tom Giles

29 June 2017

A wonderful Q&A with Tom Giles, one of the solicitors in Kairie & Byndloss

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Teaser supreme courtBID's response to Supreme Court judgment on out-of-country appeals in the case of Kiarie & Byndloss.

14 June 2017

The Government's system of certifying human rights claims so that they can only be appealed from abroad has been ruled to be unlawful in a major judgment from the Supreme Court today.

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Teaser legal advice surveyLegal Advice for Foreign Nationals a lottery – BID

12 June 2017

New research published today by the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) shows that access to legal advice for people detained under immigration powers remains at a critically low level.

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Teaser uk asylum and immigration tribunalSubmission to Tribunal Procedures Committee Consultation

18 May 2017

BID’s submission in response to new bail forms and the note of the President of the First-tier Tribunal on changes to the bail regime arising from the Immigration Act 2016.

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Teaser sur10265“The shortest possible time, and to effect removal”

10 March 2017

BID’s Policy and Research Manager, John Hopgood, takes a look at the numbers that belie the government’s policy on detention.

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Teaser eu flagDetention of EU Nationals at record high – BID

23 February 2017

The government’s latest immigration statistics, released this morning, show that detention of EU nationals hit an all-time high during the last three months of 2016.

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Teaser bcrim bid coverFractured Childhoods: The Separation of Families by Immigration Detention

20 February 2017

A guest piece in Border Criminologies, by our Research and Policy Manager, John Hopgood

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Teaser to work or not to workTo work or not to work?

15 February 2017

From one of BID's volunteers - Charalampos Stylogiannis

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Teaser prison warden stands front cellEvery year, the U.K. secretly detains hundreds of immigrants in prison

10 February 2017

An article by BID's Policy & Research manager, John Hopgood featured in Newsweek

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Teaser prisonDetainees in prison denied immigration advice – BID

8 February 2017

Hundreds of foreign nationals in the UK are being denied access to immigration advice according to new research from the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID).

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Teaser tweet 8Christmas Appeal 2016

19 December 2016

Christmas in the UK is traditionally a time of year for celebration, parties, spending time with close family and friends, and exchanging gifts. But for thousands of people held in immigration detention in a prison or detention centre, it will be just another day.  A day like any other spent locked up, waiting for a release that never seems to come.  There is no time limit on immigration detention in the UK.

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Teaser unlocking detentionWhat gave you hope in the fight against detention in 2016?

15 December 2016

What gave you hope in the fight against detention in 2016, and how are you planning to use that hope in 2017?

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Teaser legal advice surveyHalf of immigration detainees still without legal representation

9 December 2016

As many as 1 in 5 people held in Immigration Removal Centres have never had legal representation during their detention, according to new data from BID.

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Teaser jane s storyExperiences of Detention - Jane's Story

20 September 2016

The following article, written by one of BID's Legal Managers, appeared in our Summer newsletter.

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Teaser 1New Adults at Risk policy needs urgent review

13 September 2016

The following letter was published by the Guardian on Sunday, September 11:

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Teaser 1Unlawful bail accommodation delays

10 August 2016

BID’s Assistant Director Pierre Makhlouf reflects on a recent high court decision finding that aspects of the Government’s approach to providing bail accommodation for immigration detainees are unlawful:

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Teaser 2Comment – closure of Cedars removal centre

22 July 2016

BID is deeply concerned by the government’s announcement – on the last day before the parliamentary recess – that Cedars pre-departure accommodation is to be closed and that families facing removal from the UK will instead be held at new accommodation at Tinsley House Removal Centre.

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Teaser sisterFractured families: how the UK government separates families for immigration purposes

18 July 2016

BID's Policy and Research Manager John Hopgood looks at how immigration detention impacts upon families in Britain:

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Teaser crowdjusticeReuniting Separated Families appeal

13 June 2016

Today (Monday 13th June), Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) has launched a Crowd Justice campaign aimed at securing funding for their vital Separated Families project. Details can be found at https://www.crowdjustice.co.uk/case/bid/

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Teaser supreme courtSupreme Court judgment in the case of “O”

27 April 2016

Today (Wednesday 27th April, 2016), the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the case of “O” vs the Secretary of State for the Home Department. The case considered issues relating to the detention of people with mental illnesses, and the management of their conditions while in detention. BID’s Assistant Director Pierre Makhlouf reflects on the case and what the judgment means:

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Teaser house of lords chamberAmendment to the Immigration Bill on time limits for detention

16 March 2016

Last night, the House of Lords agreed to an amendment that would, for the first time, introduce a time limit on the use of immigration detention in some circumstances. BID's Policy and Research Manager John Cox speaks about what this move might mean for people in detention:

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Teaser legal advice surveyUp to one quarter of detainees have never had legal representation - BID

15 March 2016

As many as 1 in 4 people held in immigration detention have never had legal representation during their detention, according to research published today [Tuesday 15th March]by Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID).

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Teaser travel document projectBID secures release of Home Office country returns guidance

6 January 2016

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) has succeeded in persuading the HO to reverse its decision to redact particular parts of its Country Returns Documentation Guide. Having initially refused to release the full document in response to a Freedom of Information request – a decision subsequently upheld by the Information Commissioner – the matter was resolved on the first day of the hearing of an appeal brought by BID to the First-tier Tribunal.

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Teaser legal advice surveyFamilies separated by immigration detention losing out from Legal Aid cuts - BID report

24 September 2015

As the Government launches its new Immigration Bill, Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) today published its latest report that analyses the impact that cuts to legal aid have had on families.

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Teaser legal advice surveyBID publishes latest Legal Advice Survey results

10 September 2015

As many as half of all detainees may not have access to legal representation, according to BID’s latest legal advice survey. The tenth edition of BID’s six-monthly survey, carried out in May this year, spoke to 136 people currently detained under Immigration Act powers. Of them, 50% didn’t currently have a legal representative.

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Teaser labourLabour Party backs time limit for immigration detention in the UK - but not for all detainees

26 March 2015

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) welcomes Yvette Cooper’s announcement that the Labour Party would introduce a time limit on immigration detention.  We agree with Yvette Cooper that detention “can be deeply scarring”.  

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Teaser logoPrison efficiency savings and more restricted regimes

18 March 2015

Prison efficiency savings and more restricted regimes: bad news for immigration detainees held in prison estate

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Teaser amimbAccess to justice for immigration detainees held in prison estate

16 March 2015

Article by BID for the IMB Independent Monitor on access to justice for immigration detainees held in prison estate

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Teaser parliamentParliament’s Justice Committee: legal aid cuts ‘failed to target help where needed’

12 March 2015

Parliament’s Justice Committee has published a damning report, which finds that the Government has ‘limited access to justice for some of those who need legal aid the most.’ (1)

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Teaser picture3New European research report calls on Governments to implement alternatives to detention

6 March 2015

The Odysseus Network has published a new report on the use of alternatives to immigration detention in 13 EU member states, including the UK. The report notes with concern that: 

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Teaser parliamentBID shares concerns of UK parliamentarians about the use of immigration detention

3 March 2015

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) welcomes the publication of the report of the Joint Inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Refugees and Migration into the use of immigration detention in the UK. This wide-ranging, careful, timely, and compassionate inquiry rightly took as its starting point the powerful testimony of those who have lost their liberty through administrative detention in the immigration removal centres and prisons of the UK. 

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Teaser 7BID calls for immigration detention be subject to regular, automatic judicial oversight & time limit

27 February 2015

There is currently no maximum period in the UK for the detention of foreign nationals under immigration powers.  The UK is alone in Europe in having no upper limit on detention.

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Teaser high courtBID welcomes the recent judgment in the High Court in the case of Idira v SSHD [2014]

24 December 2014

BID welcomes the recent judgment in the High Court in the case of Idira v SSHD [2014] EWHC 4299 about the detention of immigration detainees in prisons rather than immigration removal centres.

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Teaser logoLegal aid cuts: BID submits evidence to parliament's Justice Committee

14 December 2014

1st December was the final deadline for evidence to the Justice Committee's inquiry on the April 2013 legal aid cuts. The committee are now writing up their report, which will be published in the new year. BID's response sets out fresh evidence on the impact of the legal aid cuts on detainees. As we explain, very many detainees cannot pay for legal representation, and lack the legal knowledge to properly prepare their own cases.

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Teaser bid christmas logo v1Meet BID's volunteer assistant legal caseworkers working to seek release for detained parents

3 December 2014

BID’s Christmas 2014 appeal, ‘Free for Christmas’, highlighted the work done by BID’s legal managers, our trained and accredited volunteer legal caseworkers, and the barristers who generously give their time to work pro bono to seek the release of parents separated by immigration detention from their children. 

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Teaser bid christmas logo v1BID’s ‘Free for Christmas’ appeal launches

21 November 2014

Every day in Britain children are separated from their parents.  For these particular children, it’s not because their parents have abused or neglected them, but because their parents are subject to immigration control and the government has decided to detain them while they try to remove or deport them from the UK.   Despite the fact that the Home Office has a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, decisions are regularly made to place parents in immigration detention. 

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Teaser bid christmas logo v1Meet Elli and Nick: working to help detained parents get ‘Free for Christmas’

21 November 2014

'I still find it shocking that parents are taken away from their children for immigration detention purposes when it is clearly in the best interests of the child to be looked after by their mum or dad.’ - Elli

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Teaser screA report criticises UK Government for detaining migrant children and separating families​

19 November 2014

'State of Children’s Rights in England' report criticises UK Government for detaining migrant children and separating families

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Teaser parliamentBID gives oral evidence to the parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK

17 November 2014

On 6th November BID provided oral evidence to the APPG on Refugees and APPG on Migration parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK. BID's Dr Adeline Trude gave evidence to the panel on current difficulties faced by detainees in IRCs and prisons in getting access to immigration legal advice throughut their time in detention, the harsh conditions and barriers to communication with courts and lawyers experienced by the hundreds of detainees who are held in the prison estate outside statutory guidance and safeguards, and the delays of weeks or months in provison by the Home Office of Section 4(1)(c) bail addresses which stop detainees seeking release on bail. 

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Teaser 7BID comments on Family Returns Panel's report

9 October 2014

On 9/10/14, the Independent Family Returns Panel published their Annual Report for 2012-14 - download this here. The panel advises the Home Office on the immigration detention of children and forcible removal of families from the UK. 

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Teaser 16New BID report on bail address delays

25 September 2014

New BID report on bail address delays 'No place to go: delays in Home Office provision of Section 4(1)(c) bail accommodation '

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Teaser 3New BID report on the hidden use of prisons for immigration detention

15 September 2014

Today BID is publishing a new report 'Denial of Justice: the hidden use of UK prisons for immigration detention'.

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Teaser travel document projectLatest Home Office travel document timescales grid now available

8 September 2014

Latest Home Office travel document timescales grid now available via BID Freedom of Information Act request, August 2014

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Teaser travel document projectOnly 2 convictions for non-cooperation with the Home Office re-documentation process during 2013

29 August 2014

Only 2 convictions for non-cooperation with the Home Office re-documentation process during 2013, BID FOI request reveals

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Teaser 7Focus on the quality of asylum legal advice in the UK

29 August 2014

This week BID was interviewed for research currently being conducted into the quality of legal advice for asylum seekers, with reference to the position of immigration detainees.  The research has been commissioned by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority  (SRA)Legal Ombudsman (LeO) and Unbound Philanthropy , and  is being conducted by Asylum Research Consultancy  (ARC)MigrationWork  CIC, and Refugee Action .

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Teaser 2BID's research into delays in the provision of Section 4 bail accommodation by the Home Office

6 August 2014

A suitable bail address is an essential requirement for immigration detainees applying to the First-tier Tribunal for release on bail.  Any detainee, whether or not they have made an asylum claim, is free to apply to the Home Office for a bail address under Section 4(1)(c) of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999 if they have no address to go to on release with family or friends. Without a bail address detainees cannot normally lodge an application for release on bail and must simply wait in detention until the Home Office grants them a bail address.  Yet too many detainees struggle for weeks or months to obtain a Section 4 bail address from the Home Office, especially those with a criminal conviction.

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Teaser 4BID produces briefing for UN Human Rights Committee

25 July 2014

The UN Human Rights Committee is currently assessing the UK’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. BID has produced a briefing for the committee outlining our key concerns, including: unlawful detention; the erosion of detainees' access to legal aid and judicial review and the separation of families by immigration detention.

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Teaser parliamentBID publishes briefing on legal aid 'Residence Test'

1 July 2014

Today, 1st July, the House of Commons Delegated Legislation Committee will debate the legal aid 'residence test.' Last week, BID sent a briefing to committee members highlighting the very damaging effect which the proposed residence test would have on immigration detainees.

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Teaser verne 2 from hmip reportDeath of a detainee in HMP The Verne, Dorset

11 June 2014

On 4th June, a man detained under Immigration Act powers in a Dorset prison was found dead in his cell. The Independent reports that: 'Sources said the prison authorities “strongly” believed that he died of natural causes, but Dorset Police would only say his death had been “sudden” and that the matter had now been referred to the coroner.'

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Teaser 4BID responds to Justice Committee Inquiry on legal aid cuts

16 May 2014

On 30th April, BID responded to an inquiry from parliament's Justice Committee on the impact of the April 2013 legal aid cuts. The Justice Committee published our evidence this week.

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Teaser parliamentBID publishes briefing on Criminal Justice & Courts Bill

13 March 2014

On 13th March, BID produced a briefing for MPs on the public bill committee considering the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill. 

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Teaser prison'Denial of justice: the hidden use of prisons for immigration detention'

23 January 2014

On January 21st BID held its AGM on the topic 'Denial of justice: the hidden use of prisons for immigration detention'.  Thanks to all our powerful speakers including Michael Fordham QC (Blackstone Chambers & Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law ), Colin Carroll of HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Henry (a former client of BID), Sarah Teather MP, and Hamish Arnott (partner at Bhatt Murphy Solicitors, a specialist human rights practice)

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Teaser 16Immigration Bill

18 November 2013

A joint letter from charities including BID on the implications of the Immigration Bill for child welfare.

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Teaser 3Detained casework - the role of Capita Business Services

12 November 2013

BID's legal casework now indicates that staff employed by Capita Business Services have ‘ownership’ of a cohort of detained cases.   BID clients have received letters to that effect signed by ‘Capita Detained Casework Team, on behalf of the Home Office’, based at the Home Office National Removals Centre at Solihull.

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Teaser high courtBail for Immigration Detainees intervenes in unlawful detention case

1 November 2013

BID has been granted permission to intervene before the Court of Appeal in the case of David Francis (C4/2013/2215B)(on appeal from the High Court of Justice, His Honour Judge McKenna [2013] EWHC 2115 (Admin).

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Teaser legal advice surveyBID’s survey of legal advice across the detention estate

3 October 2013

We remain concerned at the length of time detainees in many Immigration Removal Centres have to wait in order to see a solicitor at the legal advice surgeries provided by the Legal Aid Agency.  69% of the people we spoke to for this survey had waited more than one week for an appointment, and of these 38% had waited two weeks (or two weeks to date), 21% had waited for three weeks (or three weeks to date) to see a solicitor. 

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Teaser 10Further cuts to legal aid would mean detainees could not challenge ill-treatment

3 October 2013

In the Ministry of Justice’s ‘Transforming Legal Aid’ consultation, which was published in April 2013, a residence test was proposed for foreign nationals. This would prevent people who do not have leave to remain in the UK, and have not been living here lawfully for at least 12 months from accessing legal aid. This residence test is likely to be unlawful  and will certainly be unworkable in practice, as many organisations who submitted their views to the Ministry of Justice laid out in detail.

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Teaser legal advice surveyLatest set of findings from BID's survey of legal representation across the UK detention estate

13 September 2013

Every six months for the last three years BID has carried out a survey of legal representation across the UK detention estate. We ask detainees whether they have a solicitor at the time we speak to them, how they found that solicitor, whether they pay fees for advice or have legal aid, and what work their solicitor has done for them.  How long did they have to wait to see a legal aid solicitor at the surgery in their IRC?  Have they had to change solcitors after being transferred or moving into or out of the Scottish legal system?  We also ask people whether they have come to an IRC from prison, and if so whether they got any immigration advice while in prison.  

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Teaser 1Government's proposed changes to legal aid threaten children’s access to justice

11 July 2013

Government's proposed changes to legal aid threaten children’s access to justice - letter to The Daily Telegraph

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Teaser 10Further threats to access to justice

21 June 2013

A matter of days after sweeping cuts to legal aid were introduced in April 2013, the Ministry of Justice published details of further proposed reforms to legal aid in the consultation document ‘Transforming Legal Aid’.

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Teaser bcrim bid coverFirst UK study finds 200 children split from parents in immigration detention

19 April 2013

The first UK study of its kind, published by BID today, examines the cases of 111 parents who were separated from 200 children by immigration detention. The UK Border Agency repeatedly failed to safeguard children when detaining their parents, with appalling consequences for the children concerned. The report ‘Fractured Childhoods: the separation of families by immigration detention’ can be downloaded a the bottom of this page.

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Teaser 15ECtHR Abdi v. the United Kingdom (no. 27770/08)

9 April 2013

ECtHR judgment in Abdi, BID intervened. Finding of Art 5 breach, real though limited compensation for unlawful detention

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Teaser 10Government response to consultation on draft CPS code of practice on adult conditional cautions​

2 April 2013

Foreign national offenders - government response to consultation on draft CPS code of practice on adult conditional cautions

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Teaser 16Foreign national offenders and the introduction of a Payment by Results system for rehab work

15 March 2013

Totally ignored: foreign national offenders and the introduction of a Payment by Results system for rehabilitation work

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Teaser liberty deficitLitigants in Person vs. Self-Represented Litigants

13 March 2013

Litigants in Person vs. Self-Represented Litigants: a view from immigration bail hearings in light of new guidance on terminology from the Master of the Rolls

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Teaser ilpaNew ILPA briefing on mental health & detention

20 December 2012

New ILPA briefing on mental health & detention produced following BID and AVID meeting with Dept of Health & UKBA

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Teaser a nice judge on a good dayRecommendations from BID's new report on bail decision making, 'The Liberty Deficit'

20 December 2012

In our first report on bail decision making ('A Nice Judge on a Good Day: Immigration bail and the right to liberty ' (2010) available to download at end of page), we touched on the inability of the bail system to respond adequately to the needs of foreign national ex-prisoners. 

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Teaser liberty deficitNew UKBA guidance 'Standard paragraphs for bail summaries' December 2012

18 December 2012

UKBA has published brand new guidance for Criminal Casework Directorate caseowners on the standard paragraphs available for use in bail summaries.

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Teaser liberty deficitNew BID research report on bail decision making and long-term detention, 'The Liberty Deficit'

6 December 2012

New BID research report on bail decision making and long-term detention, 'The Liberty Deficit: long-term detention and bail decision-making'

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Teaser 3Update on important legal cases

5 December 2012

We've compiled a summary of important new legal cases on immigration and detention, with links to the full judgments: 

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Teaser 17 ministry justice getBID submission on foreign offender conditional cautions​

6 November 2012

Ministry of Justice consultation on code of practice for adult conditional cautions - BID submission on foreign offender conditional cautions

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Teaser 4Mental health crisis in immigration detention - BID and AVID launch a new briefing

1 June 2012

The Mental Health in Immigration Detention Project (MHIDP) is a policy initiative which aims to secure the humane and lawful treatment of immigration detainees. It is a joint project by the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID) and Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID). The project was started in 2010 in response to policy changes by the UK Border Agency (UKBA), bringing together the concerns of visitors groups and detention organisations, and drawing on expert advice from specialist lawyers and clinicians.

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Teaser 7BID letter in the Guardian on the need to respect human rights for foreign national ex-offenders

17 April 2012

BID's Director, Celia Clarke, wrote to the Guardian recently to highlight ongoing attempts by the Home Secretary to erect barriers to foreign nationals exercising their Article 8 right to a private and family life.  

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Teaser prisonBID raises concerns about new HMIP approach to immigration detention inspections

16 April 2012

BID responded in detail recently to HM Inspectorate of Prison's consultation on revised immigration detention inspection expectations.  In addition to detailed comments against all changes to inspection expectations and a number of recommendations, BID also expressed concern about the new approach to inspection outlined by the Chief Inspector, Nick Hardwicke. BID is concerned that the newly fashionable Outcomes Focused Regulation, adopted among others by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority and the Financial Services Authority, is unsafe in a sector such as administrative detention where loss of liberty without independent oversight is at stake. 

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Teaser 2BID intervenes in Home Office challenge to limit private law claim for unlawful detention

27 March 2012

BID was granted permission by the Court of Appeal to intervene and to make oral submissions in the case of BA & Others, the hearing for which was held on 13 March. This is an appeal by the Secretary of State (SSHD) who is arguing that BA should not have been granted permission to proceed with a claim for false imprisonment. Such action can be taken by claimants up to 6 years after their alleged false imprisonment has ended. The SSHD is instead arguing that BA either previously raised the issue of her unlawful detention, or in the alternative, that she should have raised this issue in her previous judicial review claim that challenged her removal from the UK.

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Teaser 14Former client of BID granted refugee status

20 March 2012

A former client of BID’s who was held in immigration detention for over 18 months was finally granted refugee status last month.

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Teaser 12Discriminatory attempt to use criminal justice provision to effect LASPO

1 March 2012

Discriminatory attempt to use criminal justice provision to effect immigration control in Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Bill

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Teaser 3ILPA & BID joint response to consultation on new bail guidance for immigration judges

12 December 2011

BID and the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA) have submitted a detailed response to the request for comments on the latest bail guidance for immigration judges from the President of the First Tier Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber.  

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Teaser 4Inspectorate report on UKBA and foreign national ex-offenders

1 November 2011

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) welcomes the recent Inspection Report released by John Vine, the Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), detailing his findings and recommendations following an assessment of the UKBA’s efficacy and efficiency in managing and using its powers to deport Foreign National Prisoners (FNPs)

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Teaser 10RCC briefing: detention of children & the new family returns process

19 September 2011

Despite having committed to ending the immigration detention of children in May last year, the Government opened a new family detention facility in Crawley, Sussex in September 2011.

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Teaser 13Superceded 2003 bail guidance for adjudicators along with timeline of use - for reference

18 July 2011

A few people have contacted BID recently looking for the 2003 'Bail Guidance Notes for Adjudicators from the Chief Adjudicator'. 

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Teaser 12Link to urgent advice for clients of IAS (Immigration Advisory Service) from the administrator

12 July 2011

Immigration legal advisors IAS (Immigration Advisory Service) announced on Monday 11th July 2011 that they have closed all their offices.  IAS have been running some of the free legal advice clinics under the Detention Duty Advice scheme at Brook House IRC, Tinsley House IRC, and Lindholme IRC.

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Teaser 15Revised immigration bail guidance for immigration judges

7 July 2011

Revised immigration bail guidance for immigration judges released by President of the First Tier Tribunal of the Immigration & Asylum Chamber

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Teaser legal advice surveyLatest BID & ICAR survey

30 June 2011

Latest BID & ICAR survey finds detainees now less aware of the free 30 minutes legal advice scheme in IRCs, and 32% of those using the DDA scheme wait one week or more for appointment

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Teaser 16Judgment handed down on unlawful detention of foreign national ex-offender - SK (Zimbabwe) v SSHD​

25 May 2011

Judgment handed down on unlawful detention of foreign national ex-offender after the Home Office failed to carry out regular detention reviews as required - SK (Zimbabwe) v SSHD

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Teaser last resort or first resortBID has published new research on detention of children

25 May 2011

BID and The Children's Society have published a new report on detention of children, titled ‘Last resort or first resort? Immigration detention of children in the UK.' Please follow the links for the report and the executive summary.

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Teaser 7BID's comments to Independent Chief Inspector of UKBA on forthcoming joint and thematic inspections

16 May 2011

BID's comments to Independent Chief Inspector of UKBA on forthcoming joint and thematic inspections - immigration casework and Detained Fast Track

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Teaser 4Outcry! partnership between BID and The Children's Society on child detention comes to an end

11 May 2011

The OutCry! partnership between The Children's Society and Bail for Immigration Detainees, that made such a vital contribution to campaigning for an end to the immigration detention of children, has come to a close. The funding for the partnership came to an end last month.

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Teaser high courtJudgment handed down on unlawful detention of mother separated from her children

19 April 2011

Based on extensive experience with families separated by immigration detention, BID provided a witness statement to the court in this case.

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Teaser 4New podcast from Harriet Grant for The Guardian on the detention of foreign national ex-offenders

28 February 2011

Guardian Focus podcast: The indefinite detention of foreign prisoners

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Teaser 3The Testimony Project

15 February 2011

A piece from our Director, Celia Clarke

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Teaser 2OutCry! response to Nick Clegg's announcement on the detention of children

16 December 2010

The OutCry! campaign is delighted that Nick Clegg has set out a timetable to end the abhorrent practice of detaining children in removal centres.  We particularly welcome the immediate closure of the family unit at Yarl's Wood. The government is to be commended for taking seriously the need to put children's welfare at the centre of the asylum process.

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Teaser justiceBID is the 2010 winner of the JUSTICE Human Rights Award

9 December 2010

BID is delighted to have won the 2010 JUSTICE Human Rights Award.  BID was nominated "for its tireless work on behalf of some of the most vulnerable, marginalised and maligned sections of our community - from providing assistance to over 2,000 people held in immigration detention to the key Supreme Court cases SK and WL".  

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Teaser 15Outcry! briefing outlining concern about new proposed methods of forcibly removing families

19 November 2010

BID and The Children's Society have issued a briefing paper outlining their concern about two of the methods of forcibly removing families that the UK Border Agency (UKBA) is trialing: limited notice of removal and accommodation centres. Dowload the full briefing, below.

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Teaser legal advice surveyBID & ICAR new survey on level of legal representation among detainees

12 November 2010

BID and the Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees are working together on a survey on nationwide level of legal representation among detainees.  Results are expected to be published in December 2010. 

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Teaser a nice judge on a good dayImmigration detainees failed by bail process - new BID report

14 July 2010

Human rights organisation Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) has called for a major rethink of the immigration bail process. BID's latest research report ‘’A nice judge on a good day: immigration bail and the right to liberty’, launches tomorrow in Parliament at an event hosted by Simon Hughes MP and addressed by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. The report examines the entire bail process, which for many detainees is their only opportunity to challenge their detention.

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Teaser 7BID and The Children's Society comment on child detention figures

1 August 2009

The Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary (April-June 2009), released by the Home Office, contains for the first time more comprehensive figures about children held in immigration detention.

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Teaser logoAlternatives to immigration detention of families and children

1 July 2006

Alternatives to immigration detention of families and children

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) is a registered Charity No. 1077187. Registered in England as a Limited Company No. 03803669. Accredited by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner Ref. No. N200100147. We are a member of the Fundraising Regulator, committed to best practice in fundraising and follow the standards for fundraising as set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice.
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