The Detention Forum is a loose network of over 30 NGOs who are working on immigration detention issues. We are working together to build a momentum to question the legitimacy of immigration detention which has become such a normal part of the British immigration system. We are not a membership organisation, but a collective of organisations who want to work together to challenge immigration detention.
One of the aims of our work is to engage more politicians about this issue, and we have been partially successful in doing so. We now host regular Parliamentary Network Meetings on immigration detention twice a year, have written joint letters to influence and individually lobbied local MPs to be more vocal about detention issues.
Between January and October 2012, we worked together to agree on common key objectives and messages that will fundamentally challenge and change immigration detention in the UK. We will publish our joint strategy document in December 2012.
We meet every quarter in central London to discuss strategies and share information. The Detention Forum’s work is overseen by a voluntary Co-ordination Group which meets regularly to monitor its progress. We are always on the look-out for other organisations and groups who are ready to question and challenge detention, value unique contributions of and collaboration with other organisations who are equally concerned about detention and want to be a part of our network.
The Detention Forum Co-ordinator is based at Asylum Aid. If you want to receive further information or want to join our mailing list, please contact us at detentionforum(at)gmail.com.