“Everyone has the right to a nationality”

Detention Action

Detention Action is a registered charity which challenges the dehumanising effect of immigration detention policy on migrants and asylum seekers in the UK.  We defend the rights and improve the welfare of people in detention by combining support for individuals with campaigning for policy change.  We work alongside people in detention both to seek their own release and to advocate for systemic change, enabling their voices to be heard.  Formerly known as London Detainee Support Group, our volunteer visitors have given emotional support to people in detention since 1993.  We work primarily in the Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centres.  We adopted the new name of Detention Action in May 2011, reflecting our evolution from simply visiting detainees to initiating policy change.