“Shut it down, shut it down Yarl’s Wood”
On the 3rd of December 2016, we travelled to Bedfordshire, in support of the Women & Families held Captive at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, a former military research facility intended to provide migrants with shelter and care prior to their deportation from the England, however its history reveals through a series of reports, undercover investigations, and testimonies from past and current detainees, that Yarl’s Wood is a hell hole.
“In some cases, women have become so distraught by their treatment that they have turned to suicide, throwing themselves off of stairwells, slashing their wrists, or hanging themselves. Serco, the private company employed by the UK Home Office to manage Yarl’s Wood, has repeatedly denied allegations of wrongdoing. But in 2014, the UN’s special rapporteur on violence against women was blocked from entering the centre, and Yarl’s Wood remains closed to journalists. Despite reports of ‘vast failings’, the Home Office renewed Serco’s contract for Yarl’s Wood some months later, to the tune of £70 million.” ~Cole Peters