We are twelve days into 2021, and it appears we really will have our work cut out for this year. All signs point to a ramping up of the hostile environment in the wake of the UK leaving the EU, and in the midst of a global pandemic. Only through our collective efforts will we be able to resist cruel new legislation and hold the Home Office to account, while supporting those facing detention and deportation. So here are some ways you can help:
1. Take part in our online events
Stay informed by taking part in our online events. Our first event of the year is ‘Risky business: detention decision-making during the pandemic & the BID AGM’. Book your free place to hear about the Home Office’s appalling record and their approach to detention & deportation decision-making during the pandemic.
2. Email your MP about detention in prisons
Help us keep detention on the agenda. We've written to the Home Secretary along with 40 other organisations calling on the government to end the practice of holding immigration detainees in prisons. Add your support by emailing your MP in minutes by using our handy tool.
3. Read with us
Our next #BIDREAD will ‘Deporting Black Britons: Portraits of deportation to Jamaica’ by Luke de Noronha. Grab a copy, start reading and keep an eye on our posts and social media for our announcement of the author Q&A event.
4. Donate to BID
As a small independent charity that receives no government funding, we are incredibly reliant on the generosity of like-minded supporters to power us towards our goal of ending immigration detention. If you are able to support BID financially, one-off or regular donations can make a significant difference to our work supporting people in detention.
5. Fundraise for BID
Fancy getting creative with online events? Setting a personal fitness challenge? Organising a birthday fundraiser? You can download our fundraising pack here. Let us know what you’re planning so we can support you!
6. Add your voice to our movement to end immigration detention
Your support means a lot to a small organisation such as us. Add your voice to the movement to end immigration detention by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram, and sharing reports and news from BID so that we can reach as many people as possible. Sign up to our mailing list to get our latest reports, news and event invitations straight to your inbox.