Archive | September, 2010

Understanding Immigration Bail and the Asylum Process Saturday 2nd Oct 2010

20 Sep

Understanding Immigration Bail and the Asylum Process

Saturday Oct 2nd from 11.30 (Talks to start at 12): Gateshead Civic Centre, Tyne & Wear

Speakers – Adeline Trude (Bail for Immigration Detainees) and Frances Webber (Institute of Race Relations)

This event is open to anybody interested in learning more about detention and the asylum process. As the event will be English, if you want to bring a friend who can help with translating please do. Supporters and friends of migrants and anybody whose work brings them into contact with migrants are also welcome.

Please forward this on to anybody who you think might be interested.

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) is an independent charity working with migrants and asylum seekers in removal centres and prisons to secure their release from immigration detention.
http://www.biduk.org/
Adeline Trude is Research & Policy Manager for BID. She has also been a volunteer caseworker for BID working on cases of long term detention. She has a particular interest in documentation problems faced by detainees, and foreign national offenders subject to deportation action, and is currently involved in outreach work with foreign nationals in prison.
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
  • How BID believes the bail process could be made to work better, including the role of stronger safeguards to ensue uniformity in the process behind bail applications, including Home Office case management and presentation, and immigration judge decision making.
  • Where immigration enforcement meets the criminal justice system: long term detainees and foreign national ex-offenders.
  • Bail strategies

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) was established as an independent educational charity in 1958 to carry out research, publish and collect resources on race relations throughout the world. In 1972, the IRR’s membership backed the staff in a radical transformation of the organisation from a policy-oriented, establishment, academic institution into an anti-racist ‘thinktank’.

http://www.irr.org.uk/index.html

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
  • The impact of community support
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14 Sep

The Free Movement For All fundraiser & infonight on Friday 10th September at the Star and Shadow Cinema was an ace night, there was a friendly atmosphere, the bands were all on great form and delectable food and cakes were provided.

The night was partly in aid of the No Border Camp in Brussels, and funds were also being raised for The English Language Conversation Group, an informal group held at the Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle, where volunteers to help people learn and practice their language skills are always welcome.

The night began with a screening of ‘Outside of EUrope’, a documentary by Wide Open Exposure. The film documents the harsh realities of the European border regime, and the impact of the exclusionary policies of the EU.

This was a great introduction to the issues which will be the focus of the upcoming Brussels No Border Camp, 25 September – 3 October. Preparations are now well underway for the Camp, with the latest programme and location information online here.

After the film, Milky Wimpshake played a brilliant set, with some good onstage banter from Pete Dale, tight garage punk-pop songs and amusingly undiluted lyrics.

ONSIND (One Night Stand in North Dakota), singing, guitar playing, spot-on lyric-writing, great guys from Durham had the audience demanding more of their lo-fi, anti-folk punk-pop gems. Their anti-capitalist, anti-consumerist, queer, anti-sexist etc melodic songs performed with humour and enthusiasm were shout-a–long political feelgood nuggets.

The Verbal Terrorists and DJ Jupiter provided top quality hip hop bursting with onstage energy, slick beats, amazing rhymes and songs ranging from criticising the financial system (in the most lyrically catchy way imaginable!) to praising people for taking a stand.  After a few more well known ones like ‘The Dance of the Money Men’ and ‘Risin Up’ they treated the audience to a new tune they’ve been working on which was every bit as satisfying as you would expect from them and the dancing didn’t stop. Thanks to the  quality line-up and committed acts the night managed to mix serious issues and proper fun.

With thanks to all who supported the night.