Each year over 30,000 people, including children, are locked up in prison like conditions without a time limit, lack of judicial oversight, inadequate access to legal advice & poor healthcare. Their crime: being migrants or asylum seekers. The UK government spends £37,000 a year, per head and last year alone 15 million pounds was paid out in compensation to those detained unlawfully. Who is benefitting from this?
The detention estate has become a lucrative business for private companies such as G4S, Serco, Mitie, and GEO, who profit from the imprisonment of these people. Detention centre are rarely discussed in the media or on the street, with the Home Office, ignoring its own guidelines, consistently detaining pregnant women, children, or survivors of torture.
The issue is closer to home than many may think with Larne’s short holding facility a short distance away. This event will expose detention; its effects and its failures. But it will also give you the opportunity to be part of the movement that wants change. Thousands of people will continue to be detained unless we take action.