Jesuit Refugee Service looks at years of abuse at UK detention centers

(Crux. Charles Collins).

Abuse and mistreatment remain endemic throughout immigrant detention centers in the UK, according to a new report by the Jesuit Refugee Service UK (JRS UK).

The agency on Wednesday published a new report, After Brook House: Continued Abuses in Immigration Detention, which says patterns of mistreatment detailed by the Independent Inquiry into events at Brook House Immigration Removal Center (IRC) are ongoing throughout UK immigration detention centers.

The Independent Inquiry was published in September 2023, six years after the BBC’s Panorama news feature program aired “Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets” in 2017.

They aired covertly filmed footage of the Brook House immigration removal center between March and July 2017, showing the violence and distress felt by immigrants being held.

The Independent Inquiry identified a “toxic culture” and “credible evidence” of breaches of human rights law, as well as the use of racist, derogatory language by some staff towards detainees.

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