In July this year, PhD researcher Verónica Posada, was approached by @picum_ig to work on, Locked Up: Stories from immigration detention in Europe, a project that helps to visualise the inhumane practice of immigrant detention centers. PICUM – Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants – is a network of organisations working to ensure social justice and human rights for undocumented migrants.

Locked Up: Stories from immigration detention in Europe, is a complication of stories that aims for the visualisation of stories and voices of humans who are held in immigration detention across the European Union and who often remain unheard. It includes stories collected in recent years in Belgium, Greece, Italy and the Netherlands by non-governmental organisations. Now all these stories come to the world, hoping that we all come together to go against this horrendous practice. We are all humans.

Each of the sixteen stories told in this booklet tries to give a glimpse of what more than 100,000 people experience in countries across the European Union every year.” – PICUM

The project is available on PICUM”s Instagram page (@picum_ig). A full report on the project is available on the PICUM website (