News, features and commentary

  • Vacancy - Legal Manager


    Legal Manager £34,759 pa +5% employer’s pension contribution BID is a leading human rights charity challenging immigration detention in the UK through the provision of free legal advice and representation to detained asylum seekers and migrants to secure their...

  • Experiences of Detention - Jane's Story


    The following article, written by one of BID's Legal Managers, appeared in our Summer newsletter. "Tears streaking down her face and bright red, swollen eyes were what greeted me when I first saw Jane at a legal surgery in the prison where she was detained. “You...

  • New Adults at Risk policy needs urgent review


    The following letter was published by the Guardian on Sunday, September 11: More than 30,000 people are held under immigration powers in the UK each year without time limit. Indefinite detention is damaging to mental health, and Home Office policy stipulates that...

  • Comment - Unlawful bail accommodation delays


    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: Many of the clients that BID provides legal advice to require...

  • Comment – closure of Cedars removal centre


    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...

  • Fractured families: how the UK government separates families for immigration purposes


    BID's Policy and Research Manager John Hopgood looks at how immigration detention impacts upon families in Britain: Every now and then, the news will have a report on a British person living abroad who has been threatened with deportation to the UK. A couple of...

  • Reuniting Separated Families appeal


    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 Each year, BID helps reunite...

  • Comment – Supreme Court judgment in the case of “O”


    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...

  • Comment - Amendment to the Immigration Bill on time limits for detention


    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...

  • Vacancy: Legal Manager Right to Liberty


    Legal Manager Right to Liberty 4 days a week £27,807 pa +5% employer’s pension contribution (£34,759 fte) BID is a leading human rights charity that challenges immigration detention in the UK through the provision of free legal advice and representation to detained...


BID in the media

  • Open Democracy


    An article by BID's Sarah Campbell on the Yarl's Wood scandal and the legal aid cuts

  • Church Times


    An article on the Church of England's criticism of immigration detention quotes BID.  

  • Legal Voice


    An article on the legal aid cuts quotes BID's oral evidence to parliament's Justice Committee.

  • Children and Young People Now


    A piece on child detention and use of force against children quotes BID.  



    An article quoting BID's Sarah Campbell, commenting on child detention and use of force against children.

  • The Independent


    BID's Pierre Makhlouf is quoted in a report on the death of a detainee in HMP The Verne.

  • Legal Action Magazine


    The magazine quotes evidence given by BID to parliament's Justice Committee on the legal aid cuts. 

  • The New Internationalist


    A piece on immigration detention, featuring BID's research on the separation of families by detention.

  • The Times


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


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