Mary claimed asylum on arrival to the UK. She was detained at the airport and transported to Yarl’s Wood detention centre, where she remained for many months. She struggled to obtain the evidence she needed in detention her asylum claim was refused. Her mental health deteriorated. An attempt was made to remove her and during the attempts she was injured.

With the help of Medical Justice, she obtained a medical report documenting her injuries, and she found new solicitors to submit a fresh claim for asylum for her and to hold the Home Office to account for her long detention and the injuries she suffered. She has now been recognised as a refugee.