News, features and commentary

  • 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...

  • Up to one quarter of detainees have never had legal representation - BID


    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). BID, a charity that provides support for people...

  • 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...

  • Vacancy - Lead Fundraiser


    BID is currently recruiting for a Lead Fundraiser - please see the job advert below and attached application pack. Lead Fundraiser 4 days a week £25,262 pa +5% employer’s pension contribution (£31,577 fte) 12 month contract BID is a leading human rights charity...

  • BID secures release of Home Office country returns guidance


    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...

  • Families separated by immigration detention losing out from Legal Aid cuts - BID report


    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. Rough Justice: Children and Families affected by the 2013 legal aid...

  • BID publishes latest Legal Advice Survey results


    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...


BID in the media

  • Daily Telegraph


    A letter to the press from 27 charities, including BID, on the impact further legal aid cuts would have on children...

  • Liberal Conspiracy


    A blog by BID's Sarah Campbell on the separation of families by immigration detention

  • Children and Young People Now


    An article about BID's research on the separation of families by immigration detention

  • Community Care


    UK Border Agency condemned for separating 200 children from their parents  



    UK Border Agency separates 200 children from their parents

  • The Guardian


    BID and others comment on the Border Agency's refusal to stop using force on pregnant detainees

  • The Guardian


    BID and others comment on June 2012 changes to Immigration Rules, highlighting potential harm to children 

  • The Guardian


    BID's Director comments on the detention of pregnant women

  • The Observer (front page)


    BID says Government proposals for alternatives to child detention lack adequate safeguards 


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