On 8th September 2017, Mohammad Yasin, MP for Bedford and Kempston, visited the Yarl’s Wood Befrienders' (YWB) office to meet Trustees and volunteers and learn about their work visiting detainees.
Giving his support to the nationwide campaign calling for a 28-day time limit on detention #Time4aTimeLimit, Mohammad Yasmin MP said:
“Yarl’s Wood Befrienders provide fantastic support to a group of often vulnerable people held in detention in Bedfordshire. It is troubling that so many local residents are unaware of the facts around immigration detention – not least that people can be held indefinitely in a prison-like environment while their immigration cases are considered. Yarl’s Wood should be shut down but until that happens the Befrienders offer a lifeline to those held in the centre ”
Caroline Clark, Director of YWB, said:
“It is heartening that our MP has taken the time to visit us and to listen to the some of the stories of women detained indefinitely at Yarl’s Wood. Few people are even aware of the existence of this IRC on our doorstep, much less have any understanding of the devastating impact that indefinite detention has on people’s mental and physical health. We look forward to having his support to raise the issue in Parliament and also among his constituents.”