WAST SUPPORTERS are doing a SPONSORED CYCLE RIDE 130 miles from Dallas Court Reporting centre To Yarlswood Immigration Detention centre - JULY 28TH
Please make cheques payable to WAST. –WAST, Ada House, 77 Thompson St, Manchester M4 5 FY email;email@example.com or you can pay directly into our paypal account at www.wast.org.
Please support WAST- Women Asylum Seekers Together Manchester- (self help /support & campaigning group) by sponsoring this ride.
Vicky Marsh & Hannah Berry are looking for sponsors for this 2 day / 130 “ish” mile, cycle to raise awareness of the treatment of women asylum seekers.
This cycle is the journey that many WAST members have made , or fear they will have to make -in the back of a Home Office van – once they are arrested & without notice when they are reporting at Dallas Court in Salford and are then transported like criminals to a bleak Detention Centre “ Yarlswood” in waste land outside Bedford.
PROCEEDS TO GO TO WAST, DIRECTLY TO SUPPORT WOMEN ASYLUM SEEKERS WHO HAVE BEEN MADE DESTITUTE –(HOMELESS AND WITHOUT SUPPORT.)
10% to go to SUSTRANS for their support in this cycle see; www.sustrans.org.uk
What are the experiences of the WAST women and the treatment of many women asylum seekers?
Many WAST woman have;
- Experienced gender/ sexual violence & trauma in their countries & then faced further trauma in the asylum process instead of emotional & practical support.
- Had their asylum claims refused , having been unable to secure legal help or representation, advice or any support to challenge in a court of law, decisions made initially by the Home Office case workers.
- Been made completely destitute and vulnerable to exploitation and further violence in their struggle to survive.
- Been made to report sometimes daily, weekly or monthly at Salford reporting centre travelling from locations across Greater Manchester, and when destitute , without any financial help to get there.
- Been living on vouchers sometimes for years, (only cashed at 1 or 2 shops)
- Gone to report at Dallas court and been arrested with what they have on them and taken away in the van to a Detention Centre, without notice.
- Once detained have had great difficulty in finding support, legal help or representation and are without information as to their rights.
- Left in detention frightened , stressed and without hope, not knowing if they are there for days , months or if they will get a call in the morning that they will be deported the next day.
RELEVANT RESEARCH IN 20112;
Unsustainable: the quality of initial decision-making in women’s asylum claims.
Silenced Voices Speak: Strategies for protecting migrant women from violence and abuse
See also; WAST DEMANDS TO UKBA ; www.wast.org.uk