The actress Romola Garai visited Yarls Wood detention centre with us and speaks about what she saw there in this video. She says: ‘Having been to Yarl’s Wood, I can honestly say I don’t know of any woman who wouldn’t feel that it was wrong.’
'As the son of a refugee who found safety and opportunity in Britain after fleeing the Nazis I admire and support the work carried out by Women for Refugee Women. These women have suffered enough and deserve dignity, protection and a fair hearing.'
Helena Kennedy, QC
'If we cannot provide comfort and safety to those who arrive on our shores having suffered torture, the horrors of war and cruelty of the most extreme kind, we have lost a sense of our own humanity.'
'Refugee women deserve dignity. They deserve to be heard fairly. They deserve to be protected, not to find here the same situation that they escaped from.'
'Women who have crossed borders and faced persecution have suffered fates that we can barely imagine. A civilised country would give them a fair hearing and a chance to rebuild their lives.'
'I believe that we can build an asylum process that would give a fair hearing to those who look to us for refuge. I hope you will join me in this belief, and in this work.'
'I want to pay tribute to the work of Women for Refugee Women. They woke many of us up to the scandal of child detention.'