The first day of the legal challenge in London by Women for Refugee Women is over – see previous posts for more background. We had an invited representative watching the proceedings inside the court. Former detainee Agnes Tanoh has campaigned indefatigably for this day. You can see her surrounded by supporters in our images. Agnes has made the journey north several times to attend our Saturday demonstrations.
One ironically positive outcome is that the Home Office produced for the judge the kind of current statistice for the IRC that neither MPs nor the public have been able to get up till now.
51 women are currently imprisoned in Hassockfield/Derwentside. 13 are foreign national offenders ( no information on their crimes but experience shows these are generallypetty and they have all already completed their sentences in prison); some of them may be on the Home Office chartered flight to Nigeriaa tomorrow. The rest of the women are asylum seekers, many still having their cases assessed. A new very disturbing development is that three have been taken into detention straight from a port or airport.