2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID).
AVID has decided to create a resource and archive of visitors’ testimonies over the years. The initiative is aimed to explore the relationship between the visitor and the detainee, in its variety of forms and experiences.
It will also record the growth of volunteer visiting in response to the expansion of immigration detention in the UK.
If you are willing to share your personal experience with AVID, or want to know more, contact:
Due to the recent extensive legal aid cuts, the funding for non-asylum appeals has been abolished: this means that legal aid is no longer provided for family and/or private life, deportation cases, with evident risks of breaching their right to a family life.
Legal aid is still available for tribunal bail applications and judicial review, but legal aid payments are now only given if the permission for judicial review is granted: it obviously implies that many lawyers are now reluctant to proceed with cases, because of the risk of working for free.
Moreover, following this regrettable tendency, assisted voluntary return for immigration detainees, previously conducted by Refugee Action, has been cut as well, due to a Home Office decision. At the current time, as far as we can see, no plans to replace AVR have been arranged.
We are happy to share and support Detention Action’s campaign to end the practice of indefinite detention in immigration detention centres.
You can support the campaign by writing to your MP asking him/her urgently to call for the Immigration Minister to introduce a time limit on detention.
For further details and information, as well as a template letter and a campaign briefing, click here.
Please note that the visiting hours at Haslar IRC changed on 1st June 2014: on Monday and Tuesday they will be just from 14.00 to 16.00; on Wednesday from 09.30 to 20.00; on Thursday and Friday again from 14.00 to 16.00; finally, on Saturday and Sunday the visiting hours will be from 09.30 to 16.00.