News, features and commentary

  • Comment - To work or not to work?


    From one of BID's volunteers - Charalampos Stylogiannis ‘‘Sir, do you have a criminal record?’’ ‘‘Yes, I do!’’ ‘‘May I ask what was the nature of your offence?’’ ‘‘I was working illegally for a charity that helps homeless people to get off the streets.’’ (...

  • Detainees in prison denied immigration advice – BID


    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). In their new report, Mind the Gap: Immigration Advice for Detainees in Prisons, BID has found that...

  • BID AGM 2017


    Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) invites you to attend: We don’t love EU any more Detention and deportation of EU nationals after the referendum and the BID Annual General Meeting Date: Tuesday 17th January 2017 at 6.30pm Venue: Linklaters LLP, 1 Silk Street,...

  • Christmas Appeal 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...

  • Half of immigration detainees still without legal representation


    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. The findings, revealed in the latest edition of BID’s Legal Advice Survey, demonstrate the desperate situation...

  • 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...


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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