Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

action on asylum and refugees

action on asylum and refugees

bail circle 

The Bail Circle, uniquely in the UK, brings together asylum detainees with volunteers who are prepared to stand surety for bail. It also provides information and legal advice.

Its actions rest on a global faith which believes all are equal under God and that a society is morally strengthened by the just and compassionate treatment of the stranger who suffers.

Since 2001, the Bail Circle has contributed to the release of about 200 asylum detainees, maintained contact with 73 who were removed and supported about 450 detainees whose outcomes were unknown. Immediate concerns include the inadequate quality of medical care and a shrinking legal capacity.

How does the Bail Circle work?

The Bail Circle is a network of volunteers willing to act as ‘sureties' to enable a detained asylum seeker to obtain bail.

The Bail Circle makes the introduction, and trains and supports the volunteers. It also campaigns for just treatment for all people seeking asylum.

Currently the Bail Circle has about 180 members, although not all are available at any one time.

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