Multiculture, Struggles

Open talk on detention and the asylum process

Adeline Trude from Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) and Francis Webber of the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) will be leading a talk about understanding immigration bail and the asylum process Saturday 2 October. The talk will be held at the Gateshead Civic Centre at 11.30 (talk starts at 12.)

This event will be held in English so friends helping with translation are more than welcome. Supporters and friends of migrants are also welcome.

The Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID)is an organization that works with migrants stationed in removal centers to help secure their release. Adeline Trude is their Research and Policy Manager, as well as long-term advocate for detainees. To learn more about BID visit

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) was originally recognized as an independent organization researching, publishing and collecting information on race relations in the world. The organization is now well-known as an anti-racist ‘think tank’. To learn more about the IRR visit:

The itinerary for the talk, provided by the RMT, is as follows:
Adeline will talk about: The basics of immigration detention and immigration bail, the role of immigration bail as an essential check on the use of administrative detention in the UK, and how BID believes the bail process could be made to work better, including the role of stronger safeguards to ensure uniformity in the process behind bail applications, including Home Office case management and presentation, and immigration judge decision making.

Her tall will also be about where immigration enforcement meets the criminal justice system: long term detainees and foreign national ex-offenders, and Bail strategies.

Frances will talk about supporting asylum seekers in their claims and appeals. This will encompass ‘bringing the community into the courtroom’ by making use of local people. Including: Bail and deportation hearings, the value of live witnesses, The pitfalls of live witnesses, the value of written testimony,  sureties and character witnesses in bail hearings, the purpose of witnesses in deportation appeals,  and the impact of community support.

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