Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees

AVID Covid-19 Lockdown Appeal

Despite the risks posed by Covid-19, many hundreds of people are still locked in detention centres where even basic social distancing is impossible. Isolated, scared and anxious, help us to ensure they know their rights and do not feel alone, while pushing for safe and supported release.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 6 November 2020 to 12:00 AM, 22 November 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1156709)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice


  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups
  • Refugees/Asylum SeekersRefugees/Asylum Seekers


United Kingdom


While the UK is in lockdown to keep people safe during the coronavirus, many hundreds of people remain locked up in cramped immigration detention centres & prisons purely for administrative convenience. Despite confirmed Covid-19 cases in detention, the Home Office has stopped releasing people into safe, community alternatives. People in detention tell us they are anxious and frightened: especially in prison environments even basic social distancing is impossible.


AVID is working during this second lockdown to ensure people in detention know they are not alone. Through our network of volunteer visitors groups, support is being provided on the phone and via Skype to people inside. This is a lifeline at this time. AVID is also working to support and train volunteers to carry out this work, gathering data on the situation, and pushing for safe managed release of all. We are also delivering new work on post detention support at this time.