How can a man who came to the UK aged 4 be deported to Jamaica for carrying some weed years ago? How can a domestic worker be so afraid to visit the GP to treat her pneumonia that she instead avoids healthcare altogether and eventually dies? This session invites participants to build interactive timelines with experts and grassroots organisers. Focusing on two case studies from the UK’s “hostile environment”, we will explore how practices from criminal justice came to be entwined with immigration control to produce some of the most exploitative and terrifying situations around migration that we see today.
Gracie Mae Bradley is policy and campaigns manager for human rights organization Liberty. She leads on campaigning against the Government’s “hostile environment” policies on immigration, as well as work across policing, counter-terror, and privacy and surveillance.
Franck Magennis is a self-employed barrister at Garden Court Chambers called to the bar in 2016. He is currently on sabbatical working at United Voices of the World (UVW) as a full time caseworker and trade union rep. His practice at the bar centres on immigration and asylum, as well as criminal defence, housing, prison law, employment, inquests and actions against the state. He is a co-founder of the UVW branch Legal Sector Workers United (LSWU) and the Materialist Lawyers’ Group.
Campaigner from Docs Not Cops, a group fighting xenophobia and racism for bringing borders to the NHS & restricting access to healthcare.
Baroness Shami Chakrabarti is a Shadow Attorney General and member of the House of Lords. She is a barrister, and was the director of Liberty, an advocacy group which promotes civil liberties and human rights, from 2003 to 2016.