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Detention Action

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Thank you for visiting Detention Action's fundraising page for the 2015 London Legal sponsored walk!

Every penny received by London Legal Support Trust through this web page will be donated to Detention Action.  

Our team is: Jerome Phelps, Tamsin Alger, Layla Aljundi, Tony McMahon, Susannah Willcox, Rahwa Fessahaye, David Caplan, Eli Caplan, Jed Pennington, Eleanor Campbell, Gillian Dennehy, Iana Messetchkova, Pru Lambert, Megan Booth, Caroline Kibblewhite, Mary Atkinson, Amrit Sagoo, Cathi Choi, Charlotte Uden, Clare Sikorska, Joanna Thompson, Chessie Aeron- Thomas, Silvia Nicolaou Garcia, Layla Zamanpour, Katie Lines,  Sam Mclean, Ghias Aljundi 

Detention Action is doing the London Legal Walk to raise funds for our legal challenge to the detention of asylum-seekers on the Detained Fast Track (DFT).  Asylum-seekers on the DFT are locked up throughout the asylum process, and face a 99% refusal rate.

Last year we took the Home Office to court, arguing that the DFT was unlawful.  The High Court agreed, ruling that the system was so unfair as to be unlawful.  The Home Office made minor changes in response, allowing asylum-seekers more time with their lawyers.

We went to the Court of Appeal to challenge the automatic detention of asylum-seekers who appeal on the DFT.  Once again, we were successful, and the Home Office were ordered to only detain asylum-seeker appellants who are at risk of absconding.  However, the Home Office is refusing to release around 95% of asylum-seekers.

We have a judgement that the DFT has been operating unlawfully and another judgement that the Home Office policy to detain automatically for DFT appeals is unlawful, but we need to go back to court to force real change.  We have just been granted permission for a judicial review of the Tribunals’ and Lord Chancellor’s refusal to suspend the DFT appeals process, based on our Court of Appeal judgement.  And we may need to go back to the High Court to argue that the whole DFT is still so unfair as to be unlawful.

This is where we need your help!  We have been granted a protective costs order by the High Court, which means that if we lose, we will have to pay £12,000 of the government’s costs, as well as court fees of around £1000.   If we go back to the High Court, we will need another protective costs order.

Two years ago we raised an incredible £8,698 on the London Legal Walk towards the protective costs order for our first case.  We didn’t need to spend it because we won.  But we now need to raise at least £15,000 more to cover our current protective costs order, and allow us to challenge the Home Office again in the High Court.

We need your help to support our campaign and challenge the Detained Fast Track in the courts.  As a small charity with very limited resources, we need your support to enable us to bring these legal challenges against the unfair and unlawful Detained Fast Track.

Please join us on the walk and / or sponsor us. Email us at for all the details.

About Detention Action

For 22 years, we have supported people held in Harmondsworth and more recently Colnbrook and the Verne Immigration Removal Centres and people held under immigration powers in London prisons. We work with people with experience of detention campaign for detention form, in particular for an end to the DFT and indefinite detention.

Recent donors

06.10.15 Sorry we missed the party - sounds like it was a great evening!

02.10.15 Nerd Nite London is pleased to support Detention Action.

07.09.15 Hello, Susy Wilcox has highlighted and shown us the great work you guys do! Keep up the good work!



20.06.15 Better late than never sponsorship...


12.06.15 Keep fighting the good fight



05.06.15 GO MARY!

29.05.15 Well done DA your work is so vital, thank you.



20.05.15 Well done, DPG runners.

20.05.15 Pru Lambert - I know this is a bit late, but well done for doing the walk! and for such a good cause.







18.05.15 Warmest wishes for your precious work.

18.05.15 Go DPG! Well done Jo and colleagues in a good cause.



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