Freed Voices members are experts-by-experience on immigration detention. We are not just ‘former detainees’ or ‘case studies’. We believe that such limiting labels do not reflect the depth and breadth of knowledge or campaigning experience that exists within our group.
Government policy on immigration detention has gone unchecked for many years because of the way those detained have been portrayed – either as weak, passive victims or as dangerous, ‘foreign criminals’.
This has made it easier to silence both detention as an issue and the input of those with lived experience of detention in shaping policies. Freed Voices exists to challenge and change these perceptions, and we do so as experts on detention.
We believe it is essential that those who have been affected by detention are at the heart of the campaign to challenge it.