On the 19th March 2020 while the country woke to rising panic about Covid-19, news broke that the much anticipated ‘Windrush Lessons Learned Review’ had been published. The report is a damning and thorough investigation into the terrible injustices suffered by hundreds of black British people at the hands of the Home Office.
It traces the roots of the scandal over nearly seven decades of policy and legislation which, when compounded with the introduction of the hostile environment in 2012, “institutional ignorance”, immigration targets and a culture of disbelief within the Home Office, led to the wrongful penalisation, detention and deportation of hundreds of people.
The timing of the report was unfortunate but its message is too important to get forgotten. With a new Immigration Bill currently underway, it is essential that the findings of this report are implemented and that those affected secure justice.
Join us online at 6pm on the 7th May as our expert panel come together to discuss the root causes of the scandal and how they manifest today, the recommendations of the report and what needs to happen for us to move forward.
Join us at 6pm on the 7th May to hear from:
- David Lammy, MP for Tottenham and Shadow Justice Secretary
- Amelia Gentleman, award winning journalist
- Maya Goodfellow, writer and academic, and author of Hostile Environment: How Immigrants Became Scapegoats
- Dr Omar Khan, Director of race equality think tank The Runnymede Trust
- Rudy Schulkind, Research & Policy Coordinator, Bail for Immigration Detainees
This event will take place on the Zoom platform and registration is required. There is a £5 suggested donation to attend and all the money raised will go towards BID’s vital work providing free legal advice and representation to people facing detention and deportation.