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Vulnerable adults in detention: BID’s full response to the second Shaw review

15 August 2018

Stephen Shaw’s long-awaited follow-up to his 2015 report on vulnerable adults in immigration detention was published on 24th July 2018.  His 260-page report raises a number of concerns about the policies and practices of immigration detention, including questioning the necessity of detention itself that should lead to prompt action. He bemoans the lack of strategy or logic to the detention system, however his recommendations do not go far enough in calling for a radical overhaul of a process which is fundamentally unjust and ineffective. 

The Observer newspaper: our immigration detention system is “shameful”

6 August 2018

Noting the parallels between Donald Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents at the US border and the UK’s own treatment of immigrants’ children, the newspaper’s editorial team stated that “any sense of basic justice or human compassion seems to have eluded the Home Office”. 

Inside Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre: a first-hand account from a BID volunteer

1 August 2018

One of BID's volunteers, Laurie Green-Eames, writes: 

Questions asked in Parliament about parents in detention

30 July 2018

MPs have been asking questions in Parliament about the separation of children from their parents through immigration detention.

BID's response to the government's statement on the second Shaw Review

25 July 2018

Shaw’s “follow up report” regarding the Government’s approach to vulnerable people in immigration detention was released yesterday, and the Home Secretary made an oral statement in response. We are disappointed that yet another review of immigration detention will not lead to any overarching changes to address the UK’s immigration detention system which is fundamentally flawed. 

New BID research finds that vulnerable adults are still not being protected from detention

20 July 2018

New research published today by BID, “Adults at Risk: the ongoing struggle for vulnerable adults in detention”, reveals the utter failure of the Home Office’s Adults at Risk (AAR) policy. The AAR policy was introduced by the Home Office in September 2016 in response to the many failings identified by Stephen Shaw’s initial review of the welfare of vulnerable people in detention. 

Job opportunity at BID: Lead Fundraiser

18 July 2018

Could you be our new Lead Fundraiser? 

High Court Order: the Home Office admits it unlawfully separated a father from his daughter

11 July 2018

The Home Office has today admitted that it unlawfully detained and separated a father from his daughter, who was just days away from adoption when he was released. 

UK immigration authorities separating children from parents

3 July 2018

Scores of children – and possibly hundreds – are separated from a parent or carer in the UK every year.

Children split from parents by immigration in UK

3 July 2018

Organisations representing migrants in the UK say "devastating" family separations aren't confined to the US.

Children are separated from parents in the UK just like in Trump’s America

21 June 2018

The desperate cries of children torn from their parents by US officials on the US-Mexico border have rightly provoked outrage and revulsion worldwide. Less well-known is that the UK government also separates parents from their children for the purpose of immigration control by sending the parent into immigration detention.

Six-monthly survey reveals serious gaps in detainees’ access to legal advice and representation

21 June 2018

Research published today sheds light on the extent to which immigration detainees are denied access to justice. The survey, collected by charity Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID), is the only data collected on the availability of legal advice and representation in immigration detention.

A day in the lives of BID clients: examples of Home Office and Tribunal decision-making

13 June 2018

What follows is just a sample of the kinds of decisions that our clients are faced with on a daily basis.  Yesterday’s incidents are not particularly unusual but might shock those not familiar with the travesty of immigration detention.  

Job Opportunity at BID

13 June 2018

We have an exciting opportunity for an exceptional individual to manage our Right to Liberty project.

Winning a deportation appeal: a good judge, on a good day

6 June 2018

Just a few days ago Thomas Beamont wrote on this blog about the Court of Appeal’s decision in Mwesezi v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 1104 in which the court upheld a decision to deport a foreign criminal. An article by Iain Halliday on the Freemovement website. Please note this article is behind a pay-wall.

Home Office forcing people into homelessness, say refugee charities

3 June 2018

The Home Office is responsible for “state-sponsored homelessness” by releasing people straight from Dungavel immigration removal centre on to the streets, according to refugee charities. 

Asylum seekers unlawfully held in IRCs for months despite ruling they can be released

27 May 2018

Asylum seekers unlawfully held in removal centres for months despite courts ruling they can be released, lawyers warn. Homeless asylum seekers left to 'languish' in removal centres despite being granted bail because Home Office claims detention is 'not dissimilar' to emergency accommodation.

Home Office amends removals policy in response to legal challenge

25 May 2018

On 23 May 2018 the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) published amendments to his removals policy (at Chapter 60 of his Enforcement Guidance and Instructions, titled ‘Judicial Review and injunctions’) in direct response to proceedings issued on 28th November 2017. The changes reflect concessions made in April this year by the SSHD in the course of these proceedings. 

Duncan Lewis Solicitors challenge R v SSHD prompts new Chapter 60 removals policy

24 May 2018

Duncan Lewis Solicitors challenge R (Rahimi & Bahadori) v SSHD prompts new Chapter 60 removals policy

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