Detention Action

Jerome Phelps Detention ActionDetention Action’s Advisory Committee member is Jerome Phelps, Director of Detention Action. Detention Action works to defend the rights and improve the welfare of people in immigration detention in the UK.  It works on the ground to support people held in Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centres, near Heathrow Airport in London, and the Verne IRC, Portland, Dorset.  Detention Action also campaigns for change in detention policy, in particular for an end to indefinite detention and the detention of asylum-seekers.

Jerome Phelps has been working with people in immigration detention since 2003. Initially the only staff member, he has led Detention Action to take on a national role in challenging immigration detention. He has written or co-written Detention Action’s four influential reports: Detained Lives (2009), No Return No Release No Reason (2011), Fast Track to Despair (2012) and The State of Detention (2014).  He has played a leading role in Detention Action’s national campaigns on indefinite detention and the Detained Fast Track asylum process, including in the litigation that caused the suspension of the Fast Track. He has also developed Detention Action’s innovative alternative to detention project for young ex-offenders at risk of long-term immigration detention. He is the Western Europe representative of the International Detention Coalition and sits on the IDC Advisory Committee.