Case Study

Yarl's Wood [Forthcoming]

Case study

Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre is a detention centre in Bedfordshire (UK) where foreign nationals, mostly women, await deportation or the outcome of asylum requests. Opened in  2001, and operated by a private contractor (Serco), Yarl’s Woods has a reputation for the inhumane conditions in which detainees are held, often indefinitely.  Yarl’s Wood, not unlike Manus Island, has become synonymous with the racialized violence of immigration removal; reported cases of physical and mental abuse, suicide attempts, and death – often by suicide. This centre has also become a focus for resistance, and stories of resilience through not only detainee hunger strikes, demonstrations inside and outside its walls, but also for the ways in which these women find expression through art, and cultural initiatives.

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At the same time, each screen of these case studies testifies to target communities' strength and courage, as they respond to repeated deaths in custody through myriad creative forms, through lines of solidarity and through an unwavering call for justice.

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