Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees AVID

  • AVID is a national charity representing volunteers and groups visiting those detained under immigration acts in the UK.
  • AVID believes that all those held in administrative detention are entitled to the same human rights as citizens. We provide support, resources, training and a collective voice to volunteers and groups visiting those detained, working towards making this a reality … (about 1/2 /who we are).

Homepage;
Visitor Groups; Immigration Detention; Detention reports; Newsletter; Annual report; Objectives; Key achievements;
Addrdess: AVID, Archway Resource Centre, 1b Waterlow Road, London, N19 5NJ, UK;
Contact.

About 2/2: … We have 20 member groups throughout the UK, representing over 400 volunteer visitors who give up their time to provide essential support and practical help to immigration detainees. 

  • Our affiliated groups are independent, but work with AVID to share best practice. We also represent individual members. For more information on our membership, click here.
  • AVID has one full time staff member and a board of volunteer trustees, comprising visitors and former visitors. The trustees are elected annually from our membership.

What do we do?

  • Since our inception in 1994, AVID has actively sought to encourage and enhance volunteer visiting wherever detainees are held, whether in immigration removal centres, short term holding facilities or prisons. Volunteer visitors are often a lifeline in terms of providing support to isolated and vulnerable people in the immigration system.
  • AVID’s role is to support individuals and groups of visitors who visit some of those detained. We do this by providing training to visitors, as well as regular information sharing, networking opportunities and workshops on current issues. We provide a Handbook for Visitors, which contains a wealth of information on the types of issues which volunteers may come across. We also provide advice on setting up and running new groups in response to the UK Government’s expansion of the detention estate.
  • AVID also works to raise awareness of immigration detention and to challenge detention policy and practice. AVID has sought to take the voice of visitors and detainees to government, European committees, and other bodies concerned with the detention and treatment of migrants and asylum seekers, to improve conditions and inform policy.
  • Through contact with detainees, visitors and groups, and via our own research and monitoring, AVID is able to gather information on conditions across the detention estate and to use this to present a collective voice in advocating for change.

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