Reflections on Volunteering in the Refugee Squats in Athens

Reflections on Volunteering in the Refugee Squats in Athens

Cooperation and collaboration between small ground-level non-profit services is fundamental to improving outreach and increasing awareness, propelling innovation and growth, reducing duplication, building resilience, cutting costs and increasing funding opportunities; all allowing a sustainable long-term future.

The Anatomy of the Hostile Environment: A Weekend with Birkbeck School of Law

The Anatomy of the Hostile Environment: A Weekend with Birkbeck School of Law

The talks were bold indictments of a state that has conscripted all areas of society into enforcing its racialised immigration control system, a state that has turned bankers, landlords, teachers, nurses, doctors and even NGO workers into border guards. A state that speaks of humans as ‘illegals’.

Mishka: The Shaw Review 2 is finally here, let’s use this opportunity for immigration detention reform.

Mishka: The Shaw Review 2 is finally here, let’s use this opportunity for immigration detention reform.

Effective detention campaigning is not merely about sentimental hashtags. We must continue to follow solution-based advocacy, with meaningful policy proposals aimed at the changes we expect from the government.

72 hours too many: how pregnant women are let down in immigration detention

72 hours too many: how pregnant women are let down in immigration detention

Two years ago on 12 July, a time limit of 72 hours was placed on how long a pregnant woman could be detained under immigration powers in the UK. This is 72 hours too many.

When justice cannot wait: Duncan Lewis Solicitors challenges the Legal Aid Agency’s rules on backdating of funding

When justice cannot wait: Duncan Lewis Solicitors challenges the Legal Aid Agency’s rules on backdating of funding

Solicitors and barristers have to make a stark choice. Either they take on the work knowing that they will not be paid for it, or they refuse to act on the basis that funding is not in place and in the knowledge that their client’s access to justice will be obstructed as a result.

The Harm of Detention

The Harm of Detention

The deprivation of liberty, for the purpose of administration, harms people. The current process risks ignoring the different ways an individual can become vulnerable due to the harm of detention by relying solely on screening for pre-existing vulnerabilities.

Mishka: Speak to the brain, not just the heart

Mishka: Speak to the brain, not just the heart

As an advocate and an activist with the first-hand experience, I am not here to perform my experiences for anyone’s consumption; I am here to talk about the bigger picture. I am here to talk about real change.

Isa Muazu: No Walls, No Boundaries, No Barriers to Justice

Isa Muazu: No Walls, No Boundaries, No Barriers to Justice

Theresa May made my life a living Hell. I am not a bad person or destructive, I was in the UK to do good and be nice to everyone, and to be safe from a serious threat. I’m writing for this blog because people need to listen and hear our voices of the less privileged.

A lack of accountability will always be the biggest problem when it comes to the Home Office’s behaviour

A lack of accountability will always be the biggest problem when it comes to the Home Office’s behaviour

Death, suicide, self-harm – all of these are part of the DNA of detention; they have become normalised. Where else in our society would we consider death, suicide, and self-harm as completely acceptable outcomes of a working governmental institution?

The human and financial cost of Home Office incompetence: a stark case

The human and financial cost of Home Office incompetence: a stark case

So long as the Home Office fails to engage seriously with a case until it is in court, those without access to a lawyer will suffer serious injustice, as was recently exposed by the Windrush scandal. Meanwhile, millions of pounds are wasted in preparing and issuing cases in court, only for the Home Office to withdraw decisions which should never have been made in the first place.