This is the joint website of  Women Against Rape and Black Women's Rape Action Project. Both organisations are based on self-help and provide support, legal information and advocacy. We campaign for justice and protection for all women and girls, including asylum seekers, who have suffered sexual, domestic and/or racist violence.

WAR was founded in 1976. It has won changes in the law, such as making rape in marriage a crime, set legal precedents and achieved compensation for many women. BWRAP was founded in 1991. It focuses on getting justice for women of colour, bringing out the particular discrimination they face. It has prevented the deportation of many rape survivors. Both organisations are multiracial.

 

 

 

Yarl's Wood

Demanding an Inquiry into what happens to women removed from the UK

Though we and others have been able to help many women seeking asylum get released from detention and have their claims looked at again, some women and their families are removed from the UK without having had the legal help they needed. Many women are sent back because they are told they will be safe in another part of the country they fled. But those who have kept in touch with us report a very different experience: rape and other violence, including in detention; destitution; begging or prostitution are often the only way they can survive. We are in touch with several women in this situation, and are documenting the lack of support and the danger they face. The Home Office refuses to investigate what happens to those it removes. We demand an inquiry into what happens to the women, children and men the Home Office removes from the UK.
 

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End the detention of rape survivors

YWProtest6920small.jpgResearch we helped carry out found that 70% of women detained in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre are rape survivors*. Most women detained there can’t get the independent medical or psychiatric reports needed to document their experiences and have poor or no legal representation. Women report lack of medical care, even where serious health problems are concerned, as well as racism and abuse from staff. BWRAP and WAR help run a daily rota of volunteers who help women in detention to pursue their claims and access services they desperately need. We helped a woman win £38 000 in compensation after she had been unlawfully detained. We have stopped removals of women and their families, often at the last minute.
*A Bleak House of our times, Legal Action for Women, 2005

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Shut Down Yarl's Wood and all Detention Centres : Protest and Speak Out 15th June Report

jcdsc06136jcresized.jpgParliament Square overflowed with banners, placards, chants and speeches on Monday 15th June 350 people rallied in the British Parliament's front garden to demand the closure of Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre as over and all detention centres. 

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Dossier calling for Yarl’s Wood closure chronicles decade of abuse complaints

In the Media

Report by anti-rape campaigners, sent to all MPs, documents complaints from current and former detainees at the Bedfordshire immigration removal centre

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A protest at Westminster on Monday afternoon calling for Yarl’s Wood to be shut down. Photograph: Velar Grant/Zuma Press/Corbis

Diane Taylor
Monday 15 June 2015 16.24 BST Last modified on Monday 15 June 2015 17.08 BST
The Guardian

A decade of complaints about sexual abuse and mistreatment at Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre are documented in a report based on hundreds of complaints by detainees.

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High Court Judge rules that the Detained Fast Track for asylum seekers is unlawful and “inherently unfair”

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High Court Judge rules that the Detained Fast Track for asylum seekers is unlawful and “inherently unfair”
- one more nail in the coffin for Yarl’s Wood IRC.

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International week of actions to close detention centres: Protest and Speak Out “THIS IS A PRISON NOT A HOLIDAY CAMP”

International week of actions to close detention centres
15 - 21 June 2015

In London, join the Protest and Speak Out

 

THIS IS A PRISON NOT A HOLIDAY CAMP

Monday 15 June 12noon to 2pm

Parliament Square, nearest tube Westminster 

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CLOSE YARL'S WOOD AND ALL DETENTION CENTRES!

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Juliet from All African Women's Group speaking about her detention to Russia Today

 ‘I just wanted to die’: Asylum seeker detained at Yarl’s Wood speaks to RT

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Ms Juliette Nantambi who is a member of All African Women’s Group and Queer Strike.(Crossroads Women’s Centre Audio Visual Collective)

A former detainee of Yarl’s Wood immigration removal center has condemned plans to merely “improve the service” of the facility, arguing the whole system of migrant detention needs to be abolished.

http://rt.com/uk/237717-yarls-wood-detainee-interview/ 

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Letter to Keith Vaz re visit by MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee to Yarl's Wood IRC.

Dear Keith Vaz,
Re: visit by MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee to Yarl's Wood IRC.

We write further to the Home Affairs Select Committee meeting on Tues 24 June where the
company Serco was asked questions about the rape and sexual abuse of women by guards in
Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre which it runs and where you announced that MPs on the
Committee would visit the Centre to speak to women detained there. As you know, various MPs
appeared to have outstanding concerns about women's safety, after hearing the evidence given by
Mr McGuiness and Mr Thorburn, of Serco's management. David Winnick MP said that there should
be another session for the Committee to take evidence from detainees and their representatives
because he was "not satisfied” and "the allegations are so serious that we can't leave it at that".

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No reprisals against women in detention who give evidence to parliamentarians of rape and sexual abuse in Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre.

Women currently held in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre who want to give evidence to Members of Parliament from the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee about rape and sexual abuse by guards, have issued a set of demands to protect themselves from reprisals. Ms N commented: "It takes a lot of courage to complain about abuse knowing that your life is in the hands of the person you are accusing.”

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