Imagine your country is falling apart in a violent civil war. You have no choice but pack up your children and leave. After an arduous journey you have finally made it to England -- safety.
But then the cruel reality hits you: the place you ended up in is a whole new kind of hell.
The reports of rape and abuse emerging from Yarl’s Wood detention centre are harrowing. But we don’t even know the full truth yet, because Prime Minister Theresa May is busy covering up one of the most shocking instances of corporate abuses I have ever witnessed.
We need to kickstart an urgent campaign to expose the truth about Yarl’s Wood -- and force our government to take action against the company behind it all, Serco, who run detention centres all over the UK. Can we count on your help?
We need to make the secrecy surrounding the abuses at this detention center untenable for our Prime Minister. And we have a plan.
Almost 50,000 of us have signed a petition calling on Theresa May to release information about Yarl’s Wood. With your help we will organise a show-stopping petition delivery that will get lots of media attention. We also want to pay for billboards at the Conservative Party Conference in October to confront Theresa May with the price of her silence.
Theresa May is refusing to release the information -- saying it could “prejudice the commercial interests” of the private companies running Yarl’s Wood, like Serco.
In her bid to become our new PM, Theresa May said “big business needs to change” so the country “works for everyone -- not just the privileged few”.
Let’s tell her to put her money where her mouth is.
Let’s tell her to protect the women in her care rather than Serco’s profits by finally releasing the information about Yarl’s Wood she refused to release as Home Secretary.
SumOfUs was created to hold corporations to account -- not least, those corporations that are capturing our public services. Serco runs everything from detention centres to hospital services in the UK. It needs to be held to the highest possible standards of accountability -- but instead, the government is working to protect Serco’s corporate interests over the interests of every woman in Yarl’s Wood, and the wider public interest.
We know we can win this. After horrific abuse of prisoners in New Zealand in Serco-run prisons, Serco was stripped of its contracts because of the public outrage.
We have a chance to stand in solidarity with the women of Yarl’s Wood, and make sure this never happens again.