Last month we wrote about our recent Freedom of Information request detailing the number of people who the state recognise as being trans who have been held within immigration detention centres in the UK over the last three years. We sent out a series of new FOI requests to find out more information.
We can reveal the breakdown of trans people held in each centre over the last three years is as follows:
Campsfield House, nr Oxford – 2
Dover – 1
Heathrow – 7
Morton Hall, Lincolnshire – 1
Tinsley House, nr. Gatwick – 6
Yarl’s Wood, Bedfordshire – 9.
The Home Office didn’t want to tell us about the location of the 5 current trans people incarcerated, or the countries to which the other 21 inmates had been deported too. They couldn’t shed any light as to whether any of the inmates had received transition related healthcare whilst incarcerated.
We are going to do some follow up work involving a FOI request to NHS England regarding the trans healthcare in immigration detention centres, and getting in touch with groups supporting those incarcerated to see if we can find out any more information.