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It is July 2014: As a Parliamentary Inquiry into Immigration Detention launches, several Migrants Organise members gather in West London. All have experienced immigration detention – humiliation, handcuffed to a hospital bed where people take photos and laugh; stress, as brutal behaviour by guards brings back memories of violence, prison and torture; fear, not knowing how long we will be held. We share our stories, safe in the office, and draw strength from others who understand our experiences. Together, we write up our evidence and send it to the inquiry. More and more people come forward; we decide to launch a campaign.

Together we train and prepare to tell our stories. First, we speak at a vigil of 150 people, then at a summit in front of 400 people, moving the audience to act and write to their MPs. We speak in oral evidence sessions in parliament. We share our stories in the papers, in TV interviews and in meetings with prospective MPs in the run up to the general election in 2015. Finally, a dozen of us stand on stage at a General Election Assembly organised by Citizens UK. In front of 2,200 people and Conservative minister Sajid Javid, two members tell their stories and say, ‘it’s time for a time limit’ on immigration detention. We see the room react.

It’s 2016. We’ve spoken in parliament, in front of Jeremy Corbyn, in schools and colleges, and outside detention centres. An unprecedented parliamentary consensus is building to overhaul immigration detention – and a movement is growing. Without our voices, we would not see this change. Speaking out has taken us from being people who have suffered at the hands of the system, to becoming active citizens and campaigners. Our experiences are now our source of power.

Migrants Organise 25th Anniversary Celebration

Migrants Organise 25th Anniversary Celebration

Dec 03 2018

photos by Beth Crosland  On 22nd November we marked our 25th anniversary with a celebration event held at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace.…

Today we wrote a letter to the Speaker of the House of Commons: Here’s what we said, and why we said it

Today we wrote a letter to the Speaker of the House of Commons: Here’s what we said, and why we said it

Oct 12 2018

Today, as part of our Migrants Organise and Global Justice Now #MPsNotBorderGuards campaign, we’ve written to the Speaker of the House of Commons,…

MPs Must Stop Informing on Constituents for Immigration Enforcement! Join Our #MPsNotBorderGuards Campaign

MPs Must Stop Informing on Constituents for Immigration Enforcement! Join Our #MPsNotBorderGuards Campaign

Oct 12 2018

The ‘hostile environment’ for immigrants now extends to MP surgeries – since 2012, 723 people have been reported by their MPs to…

Nominations for the 2019 Women on the Move Awards close 5pm, Monday 15th October!

Nominations for the 2019 Women on the Move Awards close 5pm, Monday 15th October!

Oct 11 2018

COURAGEOUS. POWERFUL. UNSTOPPABLE. Migrant and refugee women are smashing stereotypes, breaking boundaries, and connecting communities. The Women on the Move Awards, presented by…

“We felt we should practice what we preach” – Supporting refugees via Community Sponsorship

“We felt we should practice what we preach” – Supporting refugees via Community Sponsorship

Oct 10 2018

Over the past several months, Migrants Organise has been supporting a group of London-based volunteers known as the Welcome Committee, in preparing to…

Migrants Organise Nominated for Community Sponsorship Award

Migrants Organise Nominated for Community Sponsorship Award

Oct 03 2018

On October 2nd, at a ceremony in central London, Migrants Organise was given national recognition for our work to promote and facilitate…

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE WOMEN ON THE MOVE AWARDS 2019

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE WOMEN ON THE MOVE AWARDS 2019

Sep 14 2018

Migrants Organise and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, will host the eighth annual Women on the Move Awards at the WOW –…

WE ARE RECRUITING FOR A LEGAL VOLUNTEER – APPLY NOW!

WE ARE RECRUITING FOR A LEGAL VOLUNTEER – APPLY NOW!

Sep 11 2018

Job Title: Legal Volunteer, Community Programme  Salary: Voluntary. Reasonable lunch and travel expenses will be reimbursed. Hours: One day per week (Friday), for a minimum…

Three Years On: Has Anything Changed Since the Death of Alan Kurdi?

Three Years On: Has Anything Changed Since the Death of Alan Kurdi?

Sep 02 2018

Three years ago today, the lifeless body of the three-year old Syrian boy, Alan Kurdi, was found washed up on a Turkish…

Connect, Build Common Ground, Grow Power, Speak Out! Migrants in Coventry Learn Power of Community Organising

Connect, Build Common Ground, Grow Power, Speak Out! Migrants in Coventry Learn Power of Community Organising

Aug 29 2018

“Stop being afraid and get up and act. We shouldn’t live in fear. Nothing will change if we don’t do something!” Last…