Information for Detainees

Are you in Detention? 

If you are currently in detention and would like to have someone come and visit you, please contact AVID using the links to the left, or access our Visitors Groups page to find contact details of groups who visit where you are.

Medical and Health Information 


Legal Advice and Bail 

If you are detained you are entitled to a 30 minute session of free legal advice in the Immigration Removal Centre. This is called the Detention Duty Advice Scheme; you will need to put your name on a list in the centre. Ask other detainees, welfare staff or library staff how to access the list. 



  • Dover Detainee Visitor's Group: Ex Detainee Project: This group may be able to help with support when you leave detention. Along with Bail for Immigration Detainees, they have published a new leaflet entitled Accommodation and Financial Support on Release (February 2012), which provides practical information for detainees upon leaving detention. Produced by BID and the Dover Detainee Visitors Group. 
  • Will I have to pay? This is a useful leaflet produced by the National Aids Trust outlining basic rules on entitlement to NHS care for newly arrived migrants and people with uncertain immigration status
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