“When I was put in the Centre, I thought that there were no coloured people on the streets anymore, because I thought all of them were locked up there”
SAMUEL (fictitious name) arrived in Spain a long time ago. From the moment he touched down on Spanish soil, he tried really hard to legalise his situation, although without success. He was imprisoned in the Zapadores’ IDC and then brought to Aluche, where he was close to be deported. His description and analysis of the reality in the IDCs is absolutely brilliant and shattering.
PEGGY ABIEMWENSE vio su proyecto de vida truncado el día en que detuvieron a su marido Austin Johnson. Ambos vivían en un piso en Torrente (Valencia) desde hacía bastante tiempo y esperaban el inminente nacimiento de su hija Divine, que se produjo ocho días después de la expulsión de su padre. Una expulsión donde se cometieron abusos y maltrato físico que, en la actualidad, está siendo investigada.
MARI CARMEN FERNÁNDEZ is Mourtada Seck’s wife. Her description of the way the visit schedule works at the IDCs and how the agents treat the relatives there is particularly enlightening.
“The IDC is a local response to a global matter”
JUAN ANDRÉS PERELLÓ is a politician and a lawyer. He was elected as a member of the Group of the Progressive alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. He is an expert on international cooperation and human rights affairs.
ANDRÉS GARCÍA is a lawyer, member of the Arrels Group. He also works for the Observatory on the Penal System and Human Rights (OSPDH) of the University of Barcelona.
FRANCISCO SOLANS is a lawyer and the spokesman of the Immigration Law Subcommittee of the General Council of the Spanish Bars (CGAE).
ROBERTO VILLENA is Secretary-General of the Police Trade Union SUP in Valencia.
RAMIRO GARCÍA DE DIOS is a Judge of the Examining Magistrate’s Court No 6 in Madrid. He is also the Supervisory Judge of the Aluche’s Immigration Detention Centre.
“I am convinced there is lack of transparency in Spain. There is a difficulty in publishing information concerning public institutions and this deteriorates our public services, as well as the efficiency and development of our democracy”
VICTORIA ANDERICA is a project and campaign coordinator for Access Info Europe, where she works to achieve access to information legislation in Spain. She has coordinated numerous national and international monitoring projects including one together with Global Detention Project.
PATRICIA OREJUDO is a Professor of Private International Law at the Complutense University of Madrid. Since 2011, she is a member of the Ferrocarril Clandestino Commission for the closure of the CIEs (Immigration Detention Centres).
JOSÉ LUIS RODRÍGUEZ is a lawyer. He is the coordinator of the Andalucia Acoge legal team, who is conducting the public prosecution of the five agents accused of committing sexual abuses against confined women in the Malaga’s Immigration Detention Centre.
ANA FORNÉS is a member of the State Campaign for the Closure of Immigration Detention Centres. She has taken part in the drawing up of reports on these centres.
ANA TABOADA is a lawyer. She is an expert on Immigration, Criminal, Administrative and Civil Law. She was Mourtada Seck’s lawyer.