Detention Action is helping run the second Unlocking Detention project, in conjuncture with our friends at Right to Remain and the Detention Forum.


Out of sight, out of mind?

Unless you know somebody personally who is detained, you are very unlikely to ever visit an immigration detention centre, know where they are, or be able to imagine what conditions are like for people in detention.

Each week from 21 September until 18 December (International Migrants Day), ‘Unlocking Detention’ will shine a spotlight on a detention centre – allowing people to share their experiences of the week’s detention centre (either from being detained, or knowing or supporting someone who has) and their views on immigration detention in the UK.

Through a stitch of daily-tweeting, a selfie series, and an onslaught of blogs, audio and video material, we’ll hear from those inside detention, those who had been inside detention, and those who support those incarcerated without trial, without time-limit.

In doing so, we’ll be shining a spotlight on this pernicious, inhumane and wasteful system, and challenging the physical and social isolation that defines it. ‘Unlocking Detention’ is about connecting communities inside and outside detention, as well as those individuals who maybe, unfortunately, knew everything there was to know about detention, with others, who maybe did not know enough.

How you can get involved

find out more

Find out more – Read some background info about detention, check out the report of the parliamentary inquiry.

Read the blog posts. On Twitter, follow@DetentionForum.

join the unlocked campaignJoin the campaign to challenge immigration detention. During the tour – from 21 September – let people hear and see what you think about immigration detention. Share your thoughts and your photos.

get your MP involvedGet your MP involved. The first-everparliamentary inquiry into detentioncalled for radical reform of the detention system. Find out who your MP is here. Ask your MP to read the report, and support its recommendations for fundamental change – or tell them what you think should be done about detention