What we do
Prisoners Abroad is the only UK charity caring for the welfare of all British citizens held in foreign prisons.
Many British prisoners overseas experience extreme isolation. In developing countries they can face malnutrition too - with inadequate food, no clean water and no proper space to sleep in overcrowded cells.
Serious medical conditions such as diabetes regularly go untreated.
Prisoners Abroad cares for the health and well-being of thousands of British citizens held overseas. We provide essential services such as:
- vitamins and essential food
- emergency medical care
- water filters
- freepost envelopes to keep in touch with home
- books and magazines
No other UK charity supports British citizens in in this way. We also work closely with British consular officials who frequently refer prisoners and their families to our services.
Offering information, guidance or just a listening ear to families with a loved-one in prison abroad. Find out more >>
Life-saving support for British prisoners overseas
From life-saving grants for food and medical care, to vitamins and packages of books and magazines. Find out more >>
Coming home to the UK
Helping people resettle back home after their time in prison - including support with housing and employment. Find out more >>
Eric* is the only English-speaker in the prison. He can barely make himself understood.
We sent him information on how to apply for a transfer to a UK prison so he can receive regular visits from his family and access educational courses that will equip him for his release.
* names have been changed for the purpose of confidentiality
Said’s prison has no heating or glass windows. He sleeps on the stone floor.
It’s freezing at night in winter, but with a grant he was able to buy blankets to keep warm.
He could feel his feet again.
Sam's daily prison diet of plain rice had severely affected his health and he lost several kilograms at a dangerous rate.
A grant from us meant he could buy his own food, and cook healthier meals for himself.
Andrea arrived at our office following deportation from the US. She hadn’t lived here since she was three, knew no one and had nowhere to go.
As soon as she arrived Lorraine, one of our case workers, gave her clean clothes, the chance to call her children back in the US, and a place to stay for the night.
The next day she came back and we began to help her put her life back together.
Stewart cannot eat, sleep or even speak without a guard’s permission. He is incredibly isolated.
But we put him in touch with a volunteer penpal. Knowing that someone out there still cared about what he had to say is what kept him going.
She also keeps him up-to-date with how badly his football team is doing this season.
There’s no library in David's prison and nothing to do. The boredom is crippling.
He regularly receives a book parcel from us, it lasts him for weeks. Afterwards he shares the books with other Englishspeaking prisoners too.
Susan is diabetic, but her prison doesn’t provide any medication.
She wrote to us for help and we arranged to pay for the insulin she needs to stay alive.
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Prisoners Abroad was the winner of the 2010 Guardian Public Services Awards – Service Delivery.