Fractured childhoods: the separation of families by immigration detention, Bail for Immigration Detainees, April 2013
SLF supported Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) on strategic legal work on the separation of families by immigration detention by challenging specific UK Border Agency policies and the legality of their practices. This report presents evidence of cases in which the Border Agency has failed to safeguard children when making decisions to detain their parents. It claims that it is difficult to imagine any other situation where children in the UK could be separated from their parents indefinitely and have such scant attention paid to their welfare. The report provides accounts from children themselves and describes the consequences for them and their families.
Lord Chancellor v Detention Action  EWCA Civ 840
With support from the Strategic Legal Fund, Migrants' Law Project (representing Detention Action) successfully challenged the Detained Fast Track system in the High Court, which ruled in early June that the system contained 'structural unfairness.' The Court of Appeal the upheld the High Court's decision, but went further and ordered an immediate halt to the Detained Fast Track system. In response to judgments from both courts in June 2015, the government has temporarily suspended the fast track procedures.
SLF supported Bhatt Murphy Solicitors, working with Medical Justice, on a six month project to undertake research to develop challenges to human rights breaches and unlawful policy and practice faced by children and pregnant women who are subject to enforced removal. The project has particular focus on the use of force and the use of immigration detention. Index to miscellaneous materials gathered during the project, consisting of correspondence and meetings concerning Home Office policy/practice.