Help for Detained Asylum Seekers
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Links to the following sites are intended to signpost other resources and organisations and do not necessarily reflect the views of GDWG.

Refugee Tales

GDWG awareness-raising project offering the opportunity to reflect on the long and dangerous journeys many refugees have to make to feel war and persecution.

Support Groups for Detainees

AVID (Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees)
The national umbrella organisation for visitors groups to immigration detainees. Includes useful information about the detention estate and helpful links.

Asylum Welcome
Support detainees held at Campsfield House detention centre in Oxfordshire.

BID (Bail for Immigration Detainees)
A small charity that prepares and presents bail applications for detainees.

Detention Action
The visitors group for Harmondsworth and Colnbrook detention centres at Heathrow, and national campaigning organisation on detention issues.

Friends Withour Borders ( formerly Haslar Visitors Group)
The visitors group for Haslar detention centre near Portsmouth.

Samphire (formerly Dover Visitors Group)
The visitors group for Dover detention centre.

Yarls Wood Befrienders
The visitors group for Yarls Wood IRC near Bedford.

Legal Help

ILPA (Immigration Law Practitioners' Association)
Association promoting good practice within immigration law. Produce many useful information sheets updates.

JCWI (Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants)
National charity providing free legal advice to asylum seekers and immigrants.

Law Society - solicitors online database
The Law Society's online directory of solicitors and barristers.

OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner)
Independent body that regulates and registers legal advisers.

Government Sites

Find your MP
Site that will locate your local MP.

UK Visas and Immigration
Home Office department dealing with responsibility for immigration.

Other Useful Sites

Amnesty International
International human rights organisation - produce reports on individual countries.

Asylum Aid
Charity providing advice and legal representation to asylum seekers and refugees.

Asylum Support Appeals Project
Organisation who advice and information about entitlements to accommodation and financial support for asylum seekers.

Awards for All
Lottery funder, who have supported us financially.

Barbed Wire Britain
Group that campaigns against refugee and migrant detention.

Freedom From Torture (formerly the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture)
Organisation that provides care and rehabilitation to survivors of torture.

Human Rights Watch
Produces human rights reports on individual countries.

Independent Asylum Commission
Published reports into the asylum system in the UK. Website archived.

Medical Justice Network
Network of asylum detainees, doctors and other experts helping people access their medical rights from detention.

Paper Boy
News website with links to many of the world's newspapers.

Red Cross International Family Tracing
Try to restore contact between families separated by armed conflict or natural disaster.

Red Cross Refugee Services
The British Red Cross provide practical and emotional support to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Their website highlights a number of services and educational resources for refugees and asylum seekers.

Refugee Action
Refugee Action is an independent national charity that works with refugees to build new lives in the UK.

Refugee Council
National charity campaigning and providing practical assistance for asylum seekers and refugees.

Right to Remain (formerly NCADC)
Voluntary organisation providing advice on anti-deportation campaigns.

Stop the Traffik
Working to support trafficked people in the UK.

UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
The UN refugee agency - useful site with news on current refugee crises and refugee convention.

Local Support

Brighton Voices in Exile (Facebook page)
Local Brighton group supporting destitute asylum seekers in the community.


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How we help

In 2014, we assisted 227 detainees with a small grant to help them when they went back to their home country.

We helped 908 detainees keep in touch with friends, family and solicitors by providing mobile top ups.

We provided clothing to 411 detainees, many of whom arrive at the centre with little more than what they are standing up in.

Registered Charity Number 1124328

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