BID's Research and Policy Co-ordinator, Rudy Schulkind, writes for openDemocracy:

"On the 20 March the government asked pubs, restaurants, gyms and other social venues to close. Detention centres, however, are still running. Inside, people are unable to follow the government’s instructions to socially distance. Hygiene and ventilation is poor and cleaning products are scarce. I have heard deeply concerning first-hand accounts of this rapidly developing crisis."

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BID are currently running a campaign to demand the release of all immigration detainees amid the public health crisis. As the COVID-19 threat intensifies we need your help to get people out of detention.

Email your MP calling for the immediate release of all immigration detainees. Use our handy tool and template text to send it off in matter of minutes.

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Tweet your MP asking them to call on the government to take urgent action and release all immigration detainees. 

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At present, applying for bail remains the most likely way for people to get released from detention. Donate now to help us prepare applications and provide representation to as many people as possible. 

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BID’s work continues and our advice line remains open. For live updates on how COVID-19 is affecting our work see here on our website.

Categories: Access to Justice, Covid-19, Immigration Removal Centres, Policy and Research, Vulnerable Adults
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