Help us demand the release of all immigration detainees amid public health crisis

8 April 2020
As the Covid-19 threat intensifies we need your help to get people out of detention.

Six ways to help BID in 2020

7 January 2020
In the wake of the general election, we have our work cut out for us this year. Here is how you can help.

Donate to our Christmas appeal to help reunite families

28 November 2019
This time last year Isaac was detained. With our support he was released in time to spend Christmas with his family. Help us reunite more families.

Mother and son join BID’s team to Walk the Thames and #GoTheDistance for Detainees

9 October 2019
On the 19th October BID’s team of 6 volunteers will #WalktheThames to raise money for BID’s vital work.

Anti-Birthday campaign raises thousands to #EndDetention

8 October 2019
BID’s legal advice services receive a welcome boost in funding thanks to the generosity of donors to the campaign.

Five ways to support BID's Anti-Birthday campaign

3 September 2019
Find out about all the different ways you can support our 20th anniversary campaign to end detention.

Join us at our Anti-Birthday Party

28 August 2019
Join us on 18th September to mark 20 years of fighting to end detention.

Limited edition t-shirt collection to raise thousands for BID's Anti-Birthday Campaign

17 July 2019
Noon magazine collaborated with ten artists to create a limited edition t-shirt collection with all proceeds going to support BID’s work.

BID marks Refugee Week with a pub quiz fundraiser

21 June 2019
Our second pub quiz of the year was a big success, raising funds for our legal advice services.

We launch our Anti-Birthday campaign

20 June 2019
This summer BID will turn 20 years old, but this is no cause for celebration. Help make sure our services are no longer needed. Help us #EndDetention.

Lubka goes for London Legal Walk hat-trick in support of BID

11 June 2019
On the 17th June Lubka will take on the London Legal Walk to #GoTheDistance for detainees.

Refugee Week Pub Quiz, 19th June 7.00pm

30 May 2019
Register now for BID's pub quiz at the Tokenhouse as part of Refugee Week 2019

Hackney Half Heroes raise thousands of pounds for BID

23 May 2019
Eight runners took on the challenge and raised over £4,500 for BID’s work.

Sign up to #GoTheDistance for detainees on 17th June 2019

2 April 2019
​Join BID's team on Monday 17th June for the London Legal Walk to #GoTheDistance for immigration detainees.

Eight to run Hackney Half in support of BID

1 April 2019
Our amazing Hackney Half team share their reasons for running in support of BID.

BID’s sell out Pub Quiz raises over £500 for legal advice for immigration detainees

26 March 2019
Read about BID's first pub quiz of the year and hear from attendees about why they decided to support our work.

"In Whose Best Interests?" event to be held 22 January 2019

12 December 2018
Join us as we come together to examine the separation of families by detention and deportation and conduct the BID Annual General Meeting.

The Nightmare before Christmas

6 December 2018
Make a donation this Christmas and help us end the nightmare of immigration detention in the UK.

BID's Refugee Week Pub Quiz 2018

23 May 2018
Help us raise awareness and money for our important work!

The London Legal Walk 2018

21 May 2018
Sponsor our team as they complete a 10 km walk through central London!

Will you be walking or running for justice?

12 March 2018

Last year the London Legal Walk attracted 700 teams with 12,000 people, raising an amazing £800k for legal advice charities around London and the south east!

BID launches legal action to ensure the government holds G4S to account

15 February 2018
Formal legal action has been launched against the government to designate G4S a 'High Risk' supplier.

BID's Pub Quiz- Wednesday 7th February 2018!

29 January 2018

Join us on Wednesday 7th February 2018 for BID's pub quiz!

Great Legal Quiz 2017

9 November 2017

A massive thank you to everyone who attended our Great Legal Quiz on Thursday 8th November and to the wonderful Blacksmith and the Toffeemaker for hosting!

BID's Pub Quiz

2 October 2017

You cannot afford to miss out on this!

Goldsmith Chambers in support of Bail for Immigration Detainees

18 September 2017

Goldsmith Chambers in support of Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) is proud to present a training course, ‘Applying for Immigration Bail and Challenging Unlawful Detention.' 

BID does the BID does the Virgin Money London Marathon!

2 August 2017

We are delighted to let you know that we have secured a place at the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 taking place on 22nd April 2018!

Christmas Appeal 2016

19 December 2016

Christmas in the UK is traditionally a time of year for celebration, parties, spending time with close family and friends, and exchanging gifts. But for thousands of people held in immigration detention in a prison or detention centre, it will be just another day.  A day like any other spent locked up, waiting for a release that never seems to come.  There is no time limit on immigration detention in the UK.

Fractured families: how the UK government separates families for immigration purposes

18 July 2016

BID's Policy and Research Manager John Hopgood looks at how immigration detention impacts upon families in Britain:

Reuniting Separated Families

5 July 2016

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) has launched a CrowdJustice campaign aimed at securing funding for their Separated Families project.

Bail for Immigration Detainees Meets Initial Fundraising Target

1 July 2016

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) is delighted to have reached their initial ‘all or nothing’ fundraising target. Their stretch target is £25,000 so that we can reach another 100 people with our Separated Families’ Project and so please continue to support this important campaign.

Spotlight on BID's Separated Families: Emma & Ali's story

30 June 2016

BID (Bail for Immigration Detainees) is an independent charity that exists to challenge immigration detention. Last year, they helped reunite 110 families torn apart by immigration detention by providing vital legal advice to parents in detention, supporting them to apply for bail and to challenge their deportation. 

Bail for Immigration Detainees - Fundraising

13 June 2016

Immigration detention is the only form of detention in the UK without limits. The government doesn’t have to get a judge’s permission to detain someone. There is no time limit on detention. People can be detained for six months, a year, two years or even longer. Last year 32,446 people subject to immigration control in the UK were detained by the government.

Families separated for immigration purposes

13 June 2016

Last year 32,446 people subject to immigration control in the UK were detained by the government. Some had entered the country irregularly and were quickly removed. Others were detained pending removal or deportation. More than half of them were released back into the community, meaning that their detention had served no purpose.

Reuniting Separated Families appeal

13 June 2016

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

Meet BID's volunteer assistant legal caseworkers working to seek release for detained parents

3 December 2014

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 to seek the release of parents separated by immigration detention from their children. 

BID’s ‘Free for Christmas’ appeal launches

21 November 2014

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 while they try to remove or deport them from the UK.   Despite the fact that the Home Office has a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, decisions are regularly made to place parents in immigration detention. 

Meet Elli and Nick: working to help detained parents get ‘Free for Christmas’

21 November 2014

'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

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) is a registered Charity No. 1077187. Registered in England as a Limited Company No. 03803669. Accredited by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner Ref. No. N200100147. We are a member of the Fundraising Regulator, committed to best practice in fundraising and follow the standards for fundraising as set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice.
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