20 Apr '16

Useful Organisations for Detainees

Assistance with your case

UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group: Based in London. 0207 922 7811. UKLIG provide support & information via their helpline and in person; referring to solicitors; organising a monthly support meeting; visiting detention centres and running other social support projects.

Medical Justice: Based UK-wide with offices in London. 0207 561 7498. Medical Justice co-ordinates a network of independent doctors and medical staff to visit detainees in detention centres.

Freedom from Torture: Based UK-wide. 0207 697 7777. Freedom from Torture is an organisation that can provide Medico-Legal reports which will evidence your experiences of torture which is important evidence of persecution and grounds for asylum.

Applying for Bail

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID): Based in London: 0207 247 3590. BID provides information and support for asylum seekers and migrants who are detained in detention removal centres and prisons to assist in securing release.

Detainee Visiting Groups

Scottish Detainee Visitors: Based in Glasgow and wider Scotland. 0141 248 9799. Visits detainees in Dungavel Detention Centre.

Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group: A network and organisation based in the Gatwick, South East England area. 01293 657070. The group provides emotional and practical support to detainees at Tinsely House, Brooke House and CEDARs.

Beyond Detention: A network and organisation based in the Bedfordshire area. 01234 272090. The group (formerly Yarl’s Wood Befrienders) provides emotional and practical support to people detained in Yarl’s Wood IRC and post-detention, in the community.