A human tragedy is unfolding in immigration detention centres – why has nothing changed?

By Bella Sankey, Director of Detention Action

A year ago, Sajid Javid promised to consider ending indefinite immigration detention – so why has nothing changed?

Meanwhile a human tragedy is unfolding in the immigration detention centres he’s responsible for – our team at Detention Action sees it every day.

That’s why we’re sending him an open letter and asking as many people as possible to sign it. The more of us who sign it, the more pressure he will be under to act.

25,000 migrants are locked up with no time limit every year in this country.

Torture and trafficking survivors are locked up when they should be protected. LGBTQI+ asylum seekers are locked up after fleeing persecution. Long-term British residents are thrown into detention after living here most of their lives. And so many more.

These are the people we’re fighting for. This is the system we’re fighting to end. 

Let’s make sure Sajid Javid hears from us all now.