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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 Speaks at Global Immigration Conference

Migrants Organise Speaks at Global Immigration Conference

Dec 20 2017

Last week, Migrants Organise travelled to Phoenix, Arizona, to participate in America’s largest conference on immigration. “Justice For All: The National Immigrant…

Dirty and Degrading: G4S Housing for Asylum-Seekers in Halifax

Dirty and Degrading: G4S Housing for Asylum-Seekers in Halifax

Dec 15 2017

Faulty fridges, broken bed frames, and conked-out cookers. Rats, filthy flooring, and sagging mattresses. Recently, refugees and asylum seekers in Halifax told…

Committed. United. Prepared! The Migrants Organise 2017 Conference

Committed. United. Prepared! The Migrants Organise 2017 Conference

Dec 11 2017

“My four year old daughter was traumatised by our poor quality housing. That’s when I thought that the change starts with me.…

Stitching Solidarity: Migrants Organise Sewing Group finds Success at Christmas Fair

Stitching Solidarity: Migrants Organise Sewing Group finds Success at Christmas Fair

Dec 05 2017

On December 4th, the Migrants Organise sewing group ran a stall at the annual Christmas Fair hosted by London’s Southbank International School.…

Young Artists Raise Awareness of the ‘Hostile Environment’ for Migrants

Young Artists Raise Awareness of the ‘Hostile Environment’ for Migrants

Dec 02 2017

More than 300 people gathered together on the evening of Thursday, November the 30th, at a fundraiser for Migrants Organise and awareness-raising…

Using enforcement agents to recoup migrant NHS debts: an issue for migrants, an issue for us all

Using enforcement agents to recoup migrant NHS debts: an issue for migrants, an issue for us all

Nov 13 2017

Can you imagine a bailiff entering your home and selling your possessions, to pay for essential healthcare services you should never have…

Schooling Support: Inspiring a New Generation of Migrant Advocates

Schooling Support: Inspiring a New Generation of Migrant Advocates

Nov 09 2017

Our Chief Executive, Zrinka Bralo, visited London’s Queens Gate school on Monday 6th November to talk to students about refugees and migrants…

Migrants Organise is Looking for a new organiser

Migrants Organise is Looking for a new organiser

Nov 06 2017

Neighbourhood Organiser in North Kensington Hours of Work: 35 hours per week, with regular evening and weekend working, for which time off…

Challenging the Government’s ‘Hostile Environment’ Online Resource

Challenging the Government’s ‘Hostile Environment’ Online Resource

Sep 25 2017

A minor is denied support at a children’s services department. A heavily pregnant woman avoids seeking healthcare. A rough sleeper asks for…

Mentoring Celebration at the Kew Gardens

Mentoring Celebration at the Kew Gardens

Aug 02 2017

reporting and photos by Azadeh Hosseini On  Wednesday 12th July Kew Gardens welcomed Migrants Organise members and provided us with 28 free tickets. We…