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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.

Call to Action: Promote the Migrant Vote

Call to Action: Promote the Migrant Vote

May 11 2017

With the deadline for voter registration fast approaching, Migrants Organise are launching a collaborative project to support EU nationals, migrants and refugee…

Migrants Organise joins London Mayor’s Integration Initiative

Migrants Organise joins London Mayor’s Integration Initiative

Apr 26 2017

Migrants Organise are proud to be part of the Citizenship and Integration Initiative launched by London mayor Sadiq Khan, in partnership with…

We the People

We the People

Apr 23 2017

Here we go again #Elections2017 – the analysis, the campaigning, the tactics, the lobbying, fake news, real news, promises… about to overwhelm…

‘A more welcoming place’

‘A more welcoming place’

Apr 19 2017

  Migrants Organise is very proud to receive this heartfelt note of thanks from the inspiring Advocacy Academy! This came about thanks…

Patients Not Passports Action

Patients Not Passports Action

Apr 05 2017

On the morning of Wednesday April 5th, Migrants Organise joined an action organised by campaign group ‘Docs not Cops’ to protest plans…

Launch of Refugees Welcome Guidance Pack

Launch of Refugees Welcome Guidance Pack

Mar 30 2017

  On March 29th, an audience of more than one hundred and fifty gathered in St Ethelburga’s church for the launch Welcoming…

Organising Refugee Welcome

Organising Refugee Welcome

Mar 14 2017

by Akram Salhab Growing up Palestinian, the experience of refugees has always been central to my life. My own family were forced…

Women on the Move Awards 2017: Celebrating migrant and refugee women

Women on the Move Awards 2017: Celebrating migrant and refugee women

Mar 11 2017

This year’s Women on the Move Awards ceremony were held on March 10th at the Clore Ballroom of the Southbank Centre. Delivered…

I made pathways where I found none

I made pathways where I found none

Feb 13 2017

I go by Penny  Wangari-jones but my full name is actually Peninah. I used to say it’s an English name but now…

My dream is not just for myself but for migrants

My dream is not just for myself but for migrants

Feb 02 2017

My name is Ramona Constantin. My nationality is Romanian and I am Roma. I came to the UK in 2009 and since…