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We have just finished carrying out the 5th BID legal advice survey across the UK detention estate – a summary of the findings of our first four surveys can be downloaded here.
MoJ consultation on code of practice for adult conditional cautions - BID submission on foreign offender conditional cautions
The new conditional cautions for foreign offenders seeks to harness a means of disposal of offences via the criminal justice system for the purpose of immigration control, in the context of inadequate immigration legal advice within the criminal justice system.
BID's latest handbook on making bail applications, 'How to get out of detention: a free guide for detainees', is now out.
Detainees' experiences of getting legal advice across the UK detention estate - new BID survey results out
BID works in all removal centres across the UK immigration detention estate. Every 6 months since November 2010 BID has carried out a telephone survey to find out what detainees' experiences are with seeking and receiving immigration legal advice while in detention.
The Mental Health in Immigration Detention Project (MHIDP) is a policy initiative which aims to secure the humane and lawful treatment of immigration detainees. It is a joint project by the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID) and BID.
BID's Director, Celia Clarke, wrote to the Guardian recently to highlight ongoing attempts by the Home Secretary to erect barriers to foreign nationals exercising their Article 8 right to a private and family life.
BID responded in detail recently to HM Inspectorate of Prison's consultation on revised immigration detention inspection expectations.
BID was granted permission by the Court of Appeal to intervene and to make oral submissions in the case of BA & Others, the hearing for which was held on 13 March.
A former client of BID’s who was held in immigration detention for over 18 months was finally granted refugee status last month.
Former IAS clients - how to obtain files and original documents from the administrator. There is a deadline of 28th May 2012 for retrieval.
When the Immigration Advisory Service closed for business in 2011, many of their immigration clients were unable to get access to their files containing important documents and evidence.