Published 19th February 2018

Challenge to the detention of pregnant women

Janet Farrell acts for PA who was detained at Yarl’s Wood IRC under immigration powers for 1 month whilst she was pregnant. Her judicial review (PA v SSHD CO/1978/2014) challenges her own detention and the legality of the Home Office’s policy and practice of detaining pregnant women as a whole.

The claim is supported by evidence from the Royal College of Midwives, Maternity Action and the charity Medical Justice, who published Expecting Change in June 2013, which raised serious concerns about the treatment of pregnant women detained under immigration powers.


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