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Looking back at thirty years

Thirty years ago, AVID launched with the aspiration of addressing the immigration detention expansion across the UK.

Today, we begin a year-long celebration of this momentous anniversary. But before we embark on our journey, we first reflect on AVID at thirty and what this anniversary means to us.

In 1994, AVID was founded with a mission to advocate for those held in immigration detention. Thirty years later, AVID continues to champion change and provide support to individuals affected by immigration detention. Today, as an integral part of the advocacy landscape, AVID stands alongside numerous organisations dedicated to our shared mission of promoting justice and dignity for all individuals impacted by immigration detention. Together, we remain steadfast in our commitment to engaging and empowering advocates and practitioners across various disciplines, united by our passion to make detention history! 

An anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the past, look toward the future, and, importantly, celebrate with our community—including visitors(past and present), coordinators, former AVID staff and trustees, and, importantly, people with direct experience of detention—who chose Freedom. It has been an honor and a privilege. Thank you.

We believe that to meet our greatest challenges in advocating for an end to immigration detention, our community needs activism that inspires. Advocacy across all communities, all regions, and at all stages of change. Throughout 2024 and beyond, we will concentrate on the real-world impact of our advocacy efforts and launch initiatives to inspire new approaches in activism in ending isolation, all with the aim of alleviating immediate harm to individuals affected by immigration detention. We hope that you’ll join us in promoting better outcomes, driving innovation, fostering unity, and advocating for the rights of those impacted by detention. We can’t do it without your support.

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