Be the Change: health care

August 19, 2014 by  
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Over the last year, many of you have joined us in raising concerns about the Immigration Act and the government’s proposals to introduce charging for primary and emergency healthcare for anybody who doesn’t have indefinite leave to remain in the UK. The Department of Health has now released its implementation plan and impact assessment for Phases 1-3 of its proposals to introduce charging for migrants and visitors to access the NHS. Read more

EDM 99: asylum support rates

August 19, 2014 by  
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parliament_logo‘Be The Change’ Action Update August 2014 - Regional Asylum Activism:

This month we are calling on you to urge your MP to support an Early Day Motion on raising asylum support rates, following the Government’s disappointing announcement that the level of asylum support will remain unchanged this year. We are also asking you to defend access to healthcare for people seeking asylumin the light of the Department of Health’s new implementation scheme for introducing charging for primary and emergency healthcare. Read more

John Vine: whats gone wrong with immigration

August 19, 2014 by  
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independentIf you haven’t time to read all of it these quotes are of particular interest:
“I meet a lot asylum-seekers and they always appear to me to be genuinely people who are fleeing persecution and deserve to be treated appropriately,” he says. “I don’t think they have a cushy life. Very often they rely upon the support of friends and families. My job is ensure that the Home Office treats those applicants properly, fairly and in accordance with the law.
As for what’s next, Mr Vine says he is looking for a “new challenge” but hints that he is interested in using his new freedom to take a more active role in the political debate around immigration. Read more

Letter to your MP – Call for a time limit on detention

August 5, 2014 by  
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Re: Call for a time limit on detention

As a Quaker and as one of your constituents, I wish to express my grave concern about the use of detention for immigration purposes. The decision to detain is not ordered by a judge and is not part of a criminal sentence. It is arbitrary, and the length of detention is indefinite. Britain has a long tradition of legal protection for civil liberties. This tradition is undermined every day that migrants are detained without time limit. Read more

Guide to participating in the Detention Inquiry

August 5, 2014 by  
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Detention ForumThe guide for groups who are wishing to take part in the detention inquiry is now ready.  It’s available from the Detention Forum webpage here:

Thanks to some of the Co-ordination Group members who provided assistance.  We prepared this in hast so it is likely to contain typos and errors. Read more

QARN at Yearly Meeting Gathering, August 2014

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qarn logo smWe are interested to meet with other Quakers who share our concern at Yearly Meeting Gathering –  August 2014

Events:  Read more

Immigration Detention Inquiry

July 30, 2014 by  
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2014 July 29Boaz Trust: You may have seen recent news coverage of immigration detention centres. Several Boaz clients have spent time in detention centres and spoken about the trauma of being imprisoned indefinitely.

Earlier this month MP’s launched an inquiry into the use of immigration detention and are inviting individuals with experience of detention to submit accounts of their experiences before 1 October 2014. Charities and organisations can also contribute. Read more Read more

RAPAR: HMIP: Amnesty International website blocked for immigration detainees

July 19, 2014 by  
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haslarThe latest unannounced official HMIP report on Haslar immigration detention centre reveals that the centre staff had blocked the websites for Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) and Amnesty International:

Detainees had access to the internet, but some key websites were blocked. The officer on duty in the internet suite could unblock any site. When we visited, the officer agreed to unblock the Bail for Immigration Detainees’ website but not Amnesty International’s without more senior approval. Read more

Serco apologises after dismissals related to Yarl’s Wood allegations

July 5, 2014 by  
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guardian_logoFirm revealed 10 staff were dismissed in relation to allegations of improper sexual contact with immigration centre detainees.
Appearing before the Commons home affairs committee, Serco executives said that the dismissals related to eight separate cases – out of a total of 31 which had been investigated – at the centre in Bedfordshire over the past seven years.

Outsourcing firm Serco has apologised after disclosing that 10 of its staff had been dismissed in relation to allegations of improper sexual contact with female detainees at the Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre. Read more

Migrant Children’s Project Newsletter June 2014

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Migrant Childrens ProjectPolicy & legal updates

Legal aid residence test
The Joint Committee on Human Rights today published a further report on the proposed residence test for civil legal aid, which the Government plans to implement on 4 August 2014. Citing evidence from CCLC and others, the JCHR concludes that the residence test will lead to breaches of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and calls for the secondary legislation to be withdrawn. The policy is subject to legal challenge, with the judgment expected soon.

Modern Slavery Bill
The Government has introduced legislation on trafficking, which is due to be debated in Parliament on 8 July. The Refugee Children’s Consortium and others have been calling for greater protections for child victims, including through a system of guardianship. The Government is instead piloting a system of child trafficking advocates, delivered by Barnardo’s.

Children entering detention held solely under Immigration Act powers, May 2014
Released 26 June 2014
Five children entered immigration detention in May, three at Tinsley House and two at Cedars
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