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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.

Want to make a big difference?  Rent your property to a refugee family!

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Can you spare a few hours a week to volunteer with us?

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Migrants Organise CEO hosts the largest Mayoral Citizenship Ceremony

Migrants Organise CEO hosts the largest Mayoral Citizenship Ceremony

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Citizens Interrupted

Citizens Interrupted

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