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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.

Supporting Migrants to Access Healthcare

Supporting Migrants to Access Healthcare

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Suspend Reporting Conditions During COVID-19

Suspend Reporting Conditions During COVID-19

Mar 19 2020

On 17 March 2020, Migrants Organise – together with the Helen Bamber Foundation – have written to Priti Patel, the Home Secretary,…

Education is the key to a better future for refugees

Education is the key to a better future for refugees

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Guest post by Christina Melidou, Partnership Manager at FutureLearn According to the UNHCR Stepping Up report, the number of refugees in higher education increased…

We are looking for Casework Volunteer

We are looking for Casework Volunteer

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Report Launch: Challenging the Reporting Conditions Regime

Report Launch: Challenging the Reporting Conditions Regime

Feb 21 2020

We are pleased to publish our report on Immigration Bail and the reporting conditions regime.

Christmas feast of memories

Christmas feast of memories

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Happy New Year! Join our campaigns in 2020…

Happy New Year! Join our campaigns in 2020…

Jan 09 2020

From all of us at Migrants Organise, we wish you a very Happy New Year. We are going to have a busy…

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Migrants can vote – and it matters!

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Have a spare room? Help Welcome Refugees

Have a spare room? Help Welcome Refugees

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We are recruiting Healthcare for All Migrant Organiser – join Migrants Organise to fight back NHS Charges

We are recruiting Healthcare for All Migrant Organiser – join Migrants Organise to fight back NHS Charges

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Job Title: Healthcare for All  Migrant Organiser Location: London with regular travel across England Salary: £33,000 per annum + 4% stakeholder pension Hours: 35 hours…