Since 1993 the campaign has played a leading role in the movement against immigration detention.
- organised monthly demonstrations at Campsfield and monthly campaign meetings in Oxford;
- worked closely with detainees protesting at their detention;
- worked closely with local trade union, student and human rights organisations;
- worked nationally with other bodies and helped set up the Barbed Wire Britain anti detention network and more recently the Detention Forum;
- helped establish the Campsfield Nine, Yarl’s Wood 13 and Hamondsworth Four defence campaigns in the ‘show trials’ of protesting detainees;
- published the bulletin Campsfield Monitor;
- organised a conference on immigration detention in Europe attended in 2000 by over 120 people from over 20 countries;
- helped establish the Migreurop network and initiate the European Days of Action against detention and deportation, and supported actions and meetings for migrants’ rights in other countries, NoBorders camps etc.;
- submitted evidence about the harmful effects and injustice of immigration detention to national and international parliamentary, European, and human rights organisations.