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On 1st December, BID submitted further evidence to parliament's Justice Committee on the impact of the April 2013 legal aid cuts. The Justice Committee published our evidence this week.
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.
‘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
BID’s ‘Free for Christmas’ appeal launches with a focus on Britain’s troubling secret - the separation of families for immigration purposes
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.
'State of Children’s Rights in England' report criticises UK Government for detaining migrant children and separating families
The twelfth State of Children’s Rights in England report reveals that, despite the Government’s commitment to ending child detention, 203 children were detained in 2013. (1) Seventy of these children were less than five years old.
BID gives oral evidence to the parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK
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.
On 21st October, BID provided oral evidence to parliament's Justice Committee. The committee is investigating the impact of the April 2013 legal aid cuts.
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.
New BID report on bail address delays 'No place to go: delays in Home Office provision of Section 4(1)(c) bail accommodation '
Many immigration detainees are reliant on the Home Office to provide them with accommodation on release given the absence of friends or family in the community who might be willing or able to accommodate them on release.
Today BID is publishing a new report 'Denial of Justice: the hidden use of UK prisons for immigration detention'. As of the 31 December 2013, 2,796 people were held in immigration detention in immigration removal centres, in short-term holding facilities, and in...