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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