The Human Disco Ball, a project made up of law students Freya and Aaron, partnered with the London Midnight Runners for the Blue Monday Run on the 16th of January to support BID’s work in protecting legal services for vulnerable people in detention.
The 5-kilometre route took runners along the banks of the Thames with a disco warmup led by Freya and included the signature armbands and boomboxes of the Midnight Runners Crew. The endorphin-filled disco run also aimed to beat Blue Monday, which has the gloomy title of ‘the most depressing day of the year’.
This event was one of a variety of events over the next seven months organised by the Human Disco Ball which aims to raise a £120,000 solidarity fund for BID’s work. The project emerged from Freya and Aaron’s shared passion for human rights and mutual horror at the experiences faced by people detained under immigration powers in the UK.
“We approached Bail for Immigration Detainees after reading the shock 2021 Independent Monitoring Board report that documented how 1/3 of the population of Brook House Detention Centre were under Rule 35 suicide watch in 2020.”
They strongly felt that Bail for Immigration Detainees was the organisation best able to reach the most vulnerable detainees and protect their rights through legal representation, and wanted to find out the best way to fund the protection of those rights.
The money raised will help ensure that thousands of vulnerable people get the legal advice they vitally need to exercise their human rights. Every penny will be spent on BID's work providing free legal advice to help people to apply for bail, get out of detention and reunite with friends, families and communities.