E2, London (Hybrid)
Contract, One year, with a strong possibility of extension, Full-time
Job description

Detention Action is a growing organisation working to challenge immigration detention, unjust deportations, and other areas of the Hostile Environment in the UK. 

We provide emotional and practical support to people detained in detention centres and prisons through in-person visitors and a casework service which is accessible through a freephone helpline. We also provide holistic and accessible advice and support on-site at detention centres and prisons by holding regular advice workshops.

We campaign for reform to immigration detention policy and practice, drawing on evidence obtained from our frontline work, and we also train and support people with experience of detention to campaign and lobby for change. We currently facilitate two lived experience campaigning networks – Families for Justice (FFJ) and Allies for Justice (AFJ).  

We campaigned for an end to the Detained Fast Track asylum process, successfully bringing a strategic legal challenge which led to the suspension of the process in 2015 and we continue to campaign against its re-introduction.  In 2020, we brought several prominent legal challenges, preventing the removal of those due to be deported on a charter flight to Jamaica in February, and pressurized the Government into releasing the majority of people detained during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2022 we continue to campaign and take action to challenge the Hostile Environment and are currently involved in a strategic legal challenge around the Government's plans to send people seeking asylum to Rwanda.

We are looking for a Communications and Campaigns Officer to join our busy Campaigns Team.

Our successful candidate will work across our communications and campaigns activities, taking on a varied set of responsibilities. Alongside working with the rest of our Campaigns Team to develop strategies to achieve our longer-term goals of the organisation, they will also provide ongoing policy support, and work on our press office function, acting as the first point of contact for media enquiries.

They will take a leading role in managing our social media channels and work to build and engage our support base, deliver digital campaigning activities and contribute to the creation of fundraising appeals. 

They will also work closely with our two lived experience campaigning networks, helping to train and support people with experience of the detention, asylum and the deportation system to campaign and lobby for change.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and passionate individual who is looking to make their mark and join us in defending the rights of people in detention at a critical time for our organisation and the wider immigration and human rights sector.

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More about Detention Action

Detention Action is a cutting-edge NGO that is transforming the debate on immigration detention. Combining service-delivery in detention centre... Read more

Posted on: 13 May 2022
Closing date: 30 May 2022 at 09:00
Tags: Campaigning, Communications, PR

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