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"Why are you leaving us here to die?"

One woman's cry from Yarl's Wood Detention Centre, following the confirmation of a COVID 19 case inside the centre. 

We are all dealing with a huge amount of anxiety and worry just now as the world is facing the COVID 19 crisis. We are all worried about our loved ones, and struggling to work out how best to ensure we can stay safe and well until the worst is over. 

For the many hundreds of people in immigration detention, this anxiety and worry is magnified as they remain locked up, alone, and in prison environments that make even the most basic of social distancing measures impossible. 

While very positive steps have been taken towards the release of a high number of people, many still remain in detention centres, including in those where there have been confirmed cases of the virus. Our members are supporting people who are extremely anxious, who are feeling desperate, and that they've been left behind as the rest of the UK takes steps to protect itself. 

That's why we are working so hard just now to make sure our members, who provide support in every detention centre across the UK, have the information and support they need to ensure people in detention know they are not alone. In the last few weeks we've been briefing our members every few days on the changing situation, gathering and sharing data, transferring our training provision online, and designing new training to meet the needs of this new environment. This includes training on providing phone support, as face to face visiting is no longer allowed. We are also calling for the safe, managed release of all who remain in detention, to keep them safe. 

In the midst of this we need your help. If you can, please consider making a donation to enable us to continue this support at this time of crisis. 

Click the link below to make a donation: 

AVID COVID 19 CRISIS APPEAL

 

 

Or, if you would like to make a regular donation to support our work, you can set up a standing order to AVID: Account Number 00025784, Sort Code 40-52-40

Thank you for your support!