Just appeared online is a groundbreaking publication from Women for Refugee Women detailing for the first time accounts of lesbian, bisexual and trans women who have experienced detention in the UK. Called See Us, Believe Us, Stand with Us it’s a disturbing, illuminating read.
Agnes Tanoh from women for Refugee Women will be speaking at our demonstration about the threats to women’s wellbeing contained in the Illegal Migration Bill going through parliament right now.
The latest Home Office quarterly statistics confirm what has been the case since Hassockfield/Derwentside opened – that this Immigration Removal Centre is doing precious little ‘removing’ (except to other places of detention or back into the community), and has never been much more than half full. Yet the government is intent on expanding its detention estate.
Mitie’s current management contract ends in June, and then what? The Illegal Migration Bill could well change the nature of the centre completely, and not for the better.
Here’s one aspect of women’s lives that could be affected. The new bill proposes detaining pregnant women indefinitely, as this briefing explains: