“Imagine that you commit a minor offense; for instance, you haven’t paid a traffic ticket and, instead of a penalty, you are arrested and put in a sort of penitentiary, where all of a sudden you lose all your civil rights and you get isolated from the outside world.

Once inside, there is no healthcare assistance nor social facilities, your personal belongings are confiscated and you share a room with eight unknown people, some mentally ill with no access to medication and few others with a criminal background.

This is the situation of many undocumented immigrants who have been arrested and put in Immigration Detention Centres, a legal limbo till not so long ago that also favours unpunished abuses committed against the imprisoned population.”