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About the Immigration Detention Hotline

At this moment our English website is not fully complete. We are working on a complete translation and hope to publish this soon. For more information in dutch, see our dutch website.

Het Meldpunt Vreemdelingendetentie

The Immigration Detention Hotline is an initiative by the LOS foundation. We think that immigration detention should not be part of our society. With the implementation of this project, LOS can inform the world about the abuses within immigration detention, with the ultimate goal of eliminating detention as part of the Dutch deportation policy.

As a focal point for complaints on detention we collect complaints about the conditions of detention of immigrants, but also of custodians, chaplains, medical service, relatives of foreigners, politicians and others. Reports and complaints are registered and analysed, and where possible we help through legal assistance and other forms of support. By collecting and connecting all these complaints, the LOS foundation wants to gain more insight into the conditions of detention, to ultimately increase political and media attention to affect real change.

Stichting LOS

Foundation LOS (Landelijk Ongedocumenteerden Steunpunt) is committed to the (collective) interests of undocumented migrants in the country. Thereby LOS foundation relies on Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights [1]. On the basis of this article, everyone is entitled to food, clothing and shelter. In the context of this objective LOS foundation advocates for the respect of the basic rights[2] of these undocumented migrants towards the government, politicians and the Dutch society as a whole and LOS foundation supports professionals and organizations that provide care, support and assistance to undocumented migrants.

To achieve this, LOS foundation aims to collect, enhance and disseminate knowledge about the rights of undocumented migrants and their actual position in our society. LOS thereby plays an active role towards the government and media in the context of advocacy and undocumented image forming. Furthermore LOS foundation advises practitioners and organizations dealing with the actual assistance to these migrants. LOS foundation is also working actively to promote cooperation between them and to create a strong network that contributes to the improvement of the situation of undocumented migrants in the Netherlands.

[1] Article 25: Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

[2] Learn more about your basic rights as an undocumented migrant on: www.basicrights.nl