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Recent Media Coverage

APRIL 2019

Britain Detained – Immigration Detention in the UK

Ross Field, Videoblogg Productions, 11 April 2019

FEBRUARY 2019

Home Office admits it unlawfully detained trafficking victim for six months

May Bulman, The Independent, 13 February 2019


Everyday Sexism Twitter takeover shines spotlight on Yarl’s Wood detainees

Erica Roffe, Bedford Independent, 4 February 2019

 

JANUARY 2019

Our director Natasha Walter spoke on BBC World Service about why its time to stop detaining asylum-seeking women (listen from 32:16)

BBC Focus on Africa, BBC World Service, 31 January 2019


Three women share heartbreaking stories from the notorious Yarl’s Wood detention centre

Fréa Lockley, The Canary, 30 January 2019

 

DECEMBER 2018

Ten ambulance callouts a week to detention centres

Sarah Marsh and Haroon Siddique, The Guardian, 26 December 2018


Chinese women trafficked to UK ‘being failed by Home Office’

Aamna Mohdin, The Guardian, 12 December 2018


Trafficked Chinese woman: ‘The lorry door opened and we ran’

Aamna Mohdin, The Guardian, 12 December 2018


I Was Detained In The UK For 8 Months & It Made Me Suicidal

Natalie Gil, Refinery29, 7 December 2018


Detained, Disbelieved, Dismissed and Denied Essential Medical Treatment: Healthcare in Yarl’s Wood

‘Elizabeth’, Hysterical Women, 5 December 2018

NOVEMBER 2018

After 17 years, it’s time to close Yarl’s Wood

New Statesman, Helen Lewis, 20 November 2018


Natasha Walter and ‘Robbina’, a woman in our network who was previously locked up and attempted to take her own life in detention, spoke about why it is time to close Yarl’s Wood

BBC Look East, Nabihah Parker, 19 November 2018


“For me, Yarl’s Wood was another torture”

Unlocked 18, ‘Gabby’, 14 November 2018


Female Artists Are Auctioning Off Their Work To Support London’s Refugee And Migrant Women

ELLE, Louise Donovan, 7 November 2018

OCTOBER 2018

Legal aid access and no family separations: an immigration detention wishlist

The Guardian, Diane Taylor and Caroline Bannock, 10 October 2018


Revealed: sick, tortured immigrants locked up for months in Britain

The Guardian, Diane Taylor and Niamh McIntyre, 10 October 2018


Featured Social Founders: Natasha Walter

Social Founder, Caroline Diehl, 15 October 2018

SEPTEMBER 2018

Abbott unveils plan that would level playing field for non-EU migrants

Morning Star, Lamait Sabin, 13 September 2018


More than 100 pregnant women detained in UK removal centres since major review called for ban

The Independent, May Bulman, 11 September 2018


Three ways for activists to stay hopeful in these grim times

The Guardian, Natasha Walter, 4 September 2018

JULY 2018

The Home Office wants to keep the horrors of Yarl’s Wood a secret – here’s what happened to me

The Independent, ‘Gabby’ a woman in our network shares her story of detention, 25 July 2018


Sajid Javid told: ‘torture victims driven to suicide by system’

The Guardian, Amelia Hill, 11 July 2018


Why the Women’s March sees Trump’s UK visit as ‘a glorious opportunity’

50.50 OpenDemocracy, Sian Norris, 11 July 2018

JUNE 2018

#AllWomenCount: art and culture at the forefront of World Refugee Day

The Conversation, Anna Ball, 18 June 2018

APRIL 2018

Sajid Javid urged to adopt ‘new approach’ to immigration by major charities

The Independent, May Bulman, 30 April 2018


Asylum policy is a gendered issue

IPPR, Marchu Girma, 20 April 2018


Detention and Destitution: The Asylum Journey in the UK

Samantha Hudson, Wasafiri, 2 April 2018

JANUARY 2018

5 stories about seeking refugee status in the UK

i-D, Ryan White and Olivia Head, 26 January 2018


Nine Incredible Women’s Organisations To Get Involved With In 2018

ELLE, Olivia Blair, 17 January 2018

DECEMBER 2018

Woman spending Christmas in a detention centre reveals ‘there is no hope’

The Metro, Zoe Drewett, 25 December 2017


What’s it like to seek asylum at Christmas? These women have much to teach us about hope

The Pool, Hattie Garlick, 12 December 2017


Inside Yarl’s Wood: ‘Seema begged for help as blood seeped through her bandages’

Left Foot Forward, Amelia Womack, 7 December 2017


‘I survived sexual violence – then I was detained at Yarl’s Wood’

i News, Grace Banks, 6 December 2017


Natasha Walter and ‘Voke’ spoke about our research on the continued detention of vulnerable women at Yarl’s Wood

BBC Look East, 1 December 2017

NOVEMBER 2017

Natasha Walter spoke about the human cost of the inefficient asylum appeals process

Victoria Derbyshire BBC Two and BBC News, 29 November 2017


More rape and torture victims being held at Yarl’s Wood

The Guardian, Alan Travis, 15 November 2017


Majority of women held at Yarl’s Wood are later released into community, prison watchdog reveals

The Independent, May Bulman, 15 November 2017


My great-grandparents died in the Holocaust but now I want German citizenship

The Observer, Natasha Walter, 12 November 2017


The government is still subjecting vulnerable women to abuse at Yarl’s Wood

The Pool, Samira Shackle, 2 November 2017


Why Is The Home Office Still Detaining Victims Of Torture And Sexual Violence?

The Huffington Post, Nazek Ramadan, 2 November 2017


Asylum seeker’s ‘traumatic’ time inside detention centre

BBC News, Frankie McCamley, 1 November 2017
top watched video on the BBC website for the day


Refugee: Yarl’s Wood detention centre was like room where I was raped, feature looping all day. Kate Osamor MP and Natasha Walter also spoke on Sky’s All Out Politics show

Sky News Laura Bundock, 1 November 2017


Natasha Walter, Caroline Spelman MP and ‘Jane’ talk on Woman’s Hour

BBC Radio 4, Jenni Murray, 1 November 2017


Vulnerable women ‘still locked up in Yarl’s Wood immigration centre’

The Guardian, Amelia Hill, 1 November 2017


Home Office detaining sexual violence victims in breach of its own guidelines

The Independent, May Bulman, 1 November 2017


Our Research Shows Vulnerable Women Seeking Asylum Are Being Detained Against Home Office Policy

The Huffington Post, Sarah Cope, 1 November 2017

SEPTEMBER 2017

Bloom time: the London floristry scheme helping refugee women

The Guardian, Sarah Graham, 21 September 2017

JULY 2017

A moment that changed me: becoming godmother to a refugee’s baby

The Guardian, Sarah Graham, 7 July 2017

JUNE 2017

What Life Is Like For Refugee Women Arriving In The UK

Refinery29, Sarah Raphael, 21 June 2017

MARCH 2017

‘They will get you’: Britain’s refugee detention centres are no go areas for journalists

IBTimes, Matt Kennard, 27 March 2017


Too many women will spend this Mother’s Day trapped in a British detention centre

Independent, Sarah Cope, 26 March 2017


Noma Dumezweni, actress, discusses our work and her own refugee story

Sky Politics show with Adam Boulton, 13 March 2017


If you’re outraged by the father who tried to ‘fix’ his lesbian daughter with corrective rape, then you should be fighting UK immigration laws

Independent, Sarah Cope, 11 March 2017


No Women’s Day without refugee women

Open Democracy, Che Ramsden, 8 March 2017


For refugee women, periods are a dangerous, shameful time

Thomson Reuters News Foundation, Anna Pujol-Mazzini, 8 March 2017


The women dedicated to helping female refugees who come to the UK

Metro, Nicole Morley, 8 March 2017


A robust asylum system needn’t rely on detention. So why are vulnerable women being locked up?

Telegraph, Caroline Spelman MP, 7 March 2017


Pointless, cruel and expensive: it’s time to close Yarl’s Wood

Politics.co.uk, Gemma Lousley, 6 March 2017


Ukip using refugee crisis as a ‘dirty word’ to tap into deprived communities

Labour MP warns, i News, Heather Saul, 2 March 2017


Women refugees in UK still facing abuse – but who is listening?

IBTimes, Sofia Lotto Persio, 2 March 2017


Women for Refugee Women campaigners urge UK government to end detention-based asylum system

IBTimes, Sofia Lotto Persio, 1 March 2017

FEBRUARY 2017

The UK’s Abandonment of Child Refugees Is A Disgrace For Us All

Huffington Post, Asher Kessler, 13 February 2017


Vermin, filth, threats: the scandal of Britain’s housing for asylum seekers

Guardian, Frances Ryan, 2 February 2017

DECEMBER 2016

For Pregnant Refugees, Every Day Is a Fight to Survive

Broadly, Sarah Graham, 2 December 2016

OCTOBER 2016

When the Calais camp closes, what will happen to its vulnerable women?

Guardian Comment is Free, Natasha Walter, 3 October 2016

AUGUST 2016

Home Office forced to reveal pregnant women kept in immigration detention centres

Politics.co.uk, Ian Dunt, 3 August 2016


Good Chance set up a theatre in the Calais jungle – now they’re coming to the Southbank

Evening Standard previews our event ‘Why Women Refugees Are Often Unheard And Unseen’, part of Good Chance Theatre’s Encampment, 1 August 2016

FEBRUARY 2016

The Women Suffering In Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre

Refinery29, Charlotte England, 18 February 2016


Inside Yarl’s Wood: ‘Britain will give me leave to remain – when I am buried here’

International Business Times, Orlando Crowcroft, 9 February 2016


Inside Yarl’s Wood: ‘Britain supported Nelson Mandela – yet it treats us like this‘

International Business Times, Orlando Crowcroft, 9 February 2016

DECEMBER 2015

All the donated sweaters in the world aren’t enough to solve the refugee crisis

The Guardian, Natasha Walter, 30 December 2015


International Migrants Day: ‘Yarl’s Wood was like being tortured for a second time’

International Business Times, Lydia Smith, 17 December 2015


“I don’t want anybody else to be detained like I was”

Cosmopolitan, 3 December 2015 – interview with Set Her Free campaigner Meltem Avcil, winner of Cosmo’s Ultimate Campaigner 2015 award


How To Stage A Protest

Marie Claire, Corinne Redfern, 3 December 2015 (and in print, January 2016 issue)


The stories of women I met at Yarl’s Wood show how British detention laws remain the most barbaric in the EU

The Independent, Kate Osamor MP, 1 December 2015

NOVEMBER 2015

“What have I got to lose?” Hunger strikes and protests at Yarl’s Wood detention centre

New Statesman, Sarah Graham, 10 November 2015


“Home Office broke rules on handcuffing asylum seekers” says charity

The Guardian, Lisa O’Carroll, 9 November 2015


Hundreds protest against Yarl’s Wood detention centre

Socialist Worker, 8 November 2015 – with quote from Jade, London Refugee Women’s Forum secretary

OCTOBER 2015

Jane is incredible and talented. And UK asylum rules are forcing her to beg

The Guardian, Natasha Walter, 29 October 2015


Stop detaining pregnant women at Yarl’s Wood

The Justice Gap, Jane Ryan, 28 October 2015


Civil disobedience may be the bravest option for feminists but it’s not always the smartest one

New Statesman, Caroline Criado-Perez, 22 October 2015 – with Marchu Girma

SEPTEMBER 2015

Rape and child abuse ‘rife’ in German refugee centre

Mail Online, 24 September 2015
Natasha Walters comments on the dangers facing detained women asylum seekers


Women’s Institute centenary: 100 years of UK’s largest voluntary women’s organisation

Yahoo News, 15 September 2015
mentions our Solidarity Quilt with Shoreditch Sisters WI


Solidarity With Refugees march – in pictures, featuring two photos of WAST members

Guardian Online, 13 September 2015


Finally, refugees are in the limelight. How do we help them once the news moves on?

New Statesman, Marchu Girma, 11 September 2015


Former Detainees Urge UK To Close Down Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre

Buzzfeed, Siraj Datoo, 10 September 2015


Inside Yarl’s Wood: ‘My disabled wife was forced to crawl on the floor to get food’

The Telegraph Online, Radhika Sanghani, 4 September 2015


Concerns over ‘worrying lack of transparency’ as MP Catherine West is barred from Yarl’s Wood

Bedfordshire On Sunday, 1 September 2015

AUGUST 2015

Persecuted for being Christian – we fled to Britain only to be locked up

The Telegraph Online, Radhika Sanghani, 27 August 2015


“Home Office bar on immigration detention centre visit is appalling” says MP

Harringey Independent, 27 August 2015


Inside Yarl’s Wood

Stylist magazine, 26 August 2015


Inside the UK’s worst detention centre: ‘Hell must be better than that place’

The Telegraph Online, Radhika Sanghani, 20 August 2015


What will it take for the shameful detention of women at Yarl’s Wood to stop?

New Statesman, Caroline Criado-Perez, 12 August 2015


Women for Refugee Women’s director Natasha Walter and campaigner Maimuna Jawo on Channel 4 News

Channel 4 News, 12 August, 2015


Yarl’s Wood conditions and treatment deteriorated significantly since 2013

The Independent, 12 August 2015


Conditions at Yarl’s Wood have got worse says Prison Inspector

Bedford Times & Citizen, Victoria West, 12 August 2015


Why I don’t want to be in Yarl’s Wood ever again

BBC News Online, Sally Graham, 12 August 2015


Sophie Radice, Comms person for Women for Refugee Women on Radio 5 Live

Radio 5 Live (listen from 50.49), 12 August 2015


Prison’s Watchdog: Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre is ‘ a place of national concern’

The Telegraph Online, Radhika Sanghani, 12 August, 2015


Inside the UK’s worst detention centre: ‘Ten weeks of hell for fleeing forced marriage‘

The Telegraph Online, Radhika Sanghani, 12 August 2015


Yarl’s Wood is symptomatic of Britain’s paranoia about migrants

The Guardian, Ellie Mae O’Hagan, 12 August 2015


UK prisons inspector seeks time limits on detention of migrants without trial

The Guardian, 12 August 2015

JUNE 2015

Calls to close Yarl’s Wood

Bedford Today, Tracey Wye, 8 June 2015


To create a buzz, go online. To create real change, go out and protest

The Guardian, Natasha Walter, 7 June 2015


Yarl’s Wood detention centre ‘is a prison’, report on the protest

BBC, Leana Hosea, 7 June 2015


Yarl’s Wood Detention

Three Countries BBC, Nesta McGregor (from 15.55), 7 June 2015


Reopen your heart, Britain, and close Yarl’s Wood

Actress and campaigner Romola Garai writes for The Sunday Times, 7 June 2015


Hundreds protest to demand closure of Yarl’s Wood immigration centre

The Observer, Mark Townsend, 6 June 2015


Massive Yarl’s Wood protest in pictures

Bedfordshire on Sunday, 6 June 2015


‘Shut this hell hole down’: Activists stage massive Yarl’s Wood campaign

Bedfordshire on Sunday, 6 June 2015


Yarl’s Wood protesters demand shutdown – coverage of the protest

Channel 4 News, 6 June


Set Her Free; the protest you have to know about – feature on the protest

Marie Claire, 4 June

MARCH 2015

Feminism is on the move again, but there is still a lot of work to do

Huffington Post, Natasha Walter, 2 March 2015


Natasha Walter on Woman’s Hour, talking with Jane Garvey about Yarl’s Wood

BBC Woman’s Hour, 3 March 2015


‘Headbutt the bitch’: why Yarl’s Wood needs to ditch male guards

The Telegraph Online, Radhika Sanghani, 3 March 2015


What crime have I committed to be held like this?

Amelia Gentleman visited Yarl’s Wood with Women for Refugee Women for the Guardian, 3 March 2015


Thanks to Channel 4, we now see just how appallingly Yarl’s Wood shames Britain

The Independent, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, 2 March 2015


Yarl’s Wood: undercover in the secretive immigration centre

Channel 4 News filmed undercover for this brilliant investigation. Women for Refugee Women supported one woman who had been detained, Esther, to talk candidly to the news programme about her experiences in Yarl’s Wood, 2 March 2015

JANUARY 2015

Set Her Free, a spectrum of solidarity for asylum-seeking women

Open Democracy, Agnes Woolley, 21 January 2015


Conference makes the case for ending detention

The Guardian, Caroline Criado-Perez on the launch of our report, 14 January 2015


Four Men Watched Me

Jackie Long’s report on our research, Channel 4 News, 14 January 2015


Women’s privacy ‘violated’ at Yarl’s Wood

Newsweek, 14 January 2015


Yarl’s Wood criticised by charity for women refugees

Sanchia Berg report for World At One, BBC Radio 4, 14 January 2015


“Female detainees at Yarl’s Wood routinely humiliated” claims report

The Guardian, Amelia Gentleman, 14 January 2015

DECEMBER 2014

Inside Britain’s worst Immigration removal Centre at Christmas

The Telegraph Online, Radhika Sanghani, 24 December 2014


The New Statesman Christmas Campaign 2014: End the detention of women seeking asylum

New Statesman, 4 December 2014

NOVEMBER 2014

Why has Serco been awarded the contract to continue running Yarl’s Wood?

New Statesman, Caroline Criado-Perez, 27 November 2014


Serco given Yarl’s Wood Immigration Contract despite ‘vast failings’

The Independent, 24 November 2014


New Serco Yarl’s Wood deal slammed

Daily Mail Online, 24 November 2014


Yarl’s Wood Contract renewal ‘ unacceptable’

BBC, 24 November 2014


Inside the notorious Yarl’s Wood immigration centre

Cole Moreton speaks to detainees and campaigners, Newsweek, 5 November 2014


This is what life is like inside an immigration centre

Meltem Avcil & Sophie Radice on London Live TV, 5 November 2014

OCTOBER 2014

Politicians’ actions speak louder than words

Boyd Tonkin speaks out for women in Yarl’s Wood, Independent, 31 October 2014

Death prompts new call for Yarl’s Wood to be closed

Bedfordshire on Sunday, 26 October 2014

Gay and lesbian asylum seekers face intrusive sexual questions

The Independent, 23 October 2014

Meltem Avcil interviewed for Vogue

Vogue, October 2014

AUGUST 2014

Detainees paid pin money to paint, clean and serve food

Channel 4 News, 22 August 2014

APRIL 2014

Rachel Walker of the Women’s Institute on knitting together a culture of solidarity

Open Democracy, 28 April 2014


20-year-old Meltem Avcil lifts the lid on Yarl’s Wood

Cosmopolitan, 17 April 2014


UN Investigator barred from UK detention centre

RT News, 16 April 2014


UN rapporteur banned from Yarl’s Wood

Simon Israel for Channel 4 News, including interview with Meltem Avcil, 15 April 2014


UN Inspector denied access to Yarl’s Wood

Sarah Cox for Bedfordshire on Sunday, 15 April 2014


“UN Inspection of Yarl’s Wood was blocked” claim campaigners

Mark Townsend in the Observer, 13 April 2014


Set Her Free campaigners take quilt to Yarl’s Wood

Bedfordshire on Sunday, 11 April 2014

MARCH 2014

Teen Spirit: Young Feminist Heroes

Kira Cochrane talks to Meltem Avcil about campaigning for refugee women, The Guardian, 29 March 2014


Why is the most fashionable Women’s Institute knitting again? Women’s Institute solidarity quilt

Radhika Sanghani, Daily Telegraph, 17 March 2014


Meet the professional refugees lucky to get the minimum wage

Amelia Gentleman, The Guardian, 8 March 2014
including an interview with Agnes from Cote d’Ivoire


Where do we go next on the road to women’s equality – Juliet Stevenson points the finger at the brutal treatment of refugee women

Juliet Stevenson, The Independent, 9 March 2014

FEBRUARY 2014

Former Yarl’s Wood Detainee Calls For an End to ‘Detention Hell’

Bedfordshire On Sunday, 17 February 2014


Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre Shames Britain – When Did “Refugee” Become a Dirty Word?

Laurie Penny joins the campaign, New Statesman 17 February 2014


The Ordeal of Refugees at Yarl’s Wood Shames Us All

Allison Pearson speaks out, Telegraph, 12 February 2014


Zadie Smith calls for end to Women’s ‘Waking nightmare’ at Yarl’s Wood

Zadie Smith, The Guardian, 10 February 2014


Three-Quarters of Detained Women Claiming Asylum in UK Have Experienced Rape or Torture

Huffington Post, 4 February 2014


Lesbian asylum seekers

Natasha Walter with Jane Garvey and Tim Barden, BBC Woman’s Hour, 3 February 2014


Women Asylum Seekers’ Despair Behind Bars

Sky News, 2 February 2014

JANUARY 2014

Criticism of treatment of women asylum seekers

BBC World Tonight, 29 January 2014


Handling of female asylum seekers puts UK to shame

Independent, 29 January 2014


Our Duty to Refugee Women is to Care. Interview with Meltem Avcil

Ros Wynne-Jones, Daily Mirror, 29 January 2014


Why we must end the detention of female asylum seekers in the UK

New Statesman, 29 January 2014

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