In 2010, Jimmy Mubenga died during deportation to Angola, after being restrained by guards on a British Airways flight.
Sofia said she was extremely frightened by the threat of violence from male guards.
Activist groups allege people who are resisting deportation have been brutally beaten by immigration officers dressed in riot gear.
The Unity Centre, which helps asylum seekers, say detainees at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre told them staff broke a man's left arm as he tried to escape, pepper spraying him and leaving him hanging from the side of a building, clinging to mesh, after he climbed out of a window to get away from them. A spokesman said: “A minor incident at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre involving one individual occurred overnight.
But campaigners say it is extremely difficult for people to appeal from abroad and in effect people who are deported almost never get to come back.
Some arrived as small children and say they do not remember the country they are being sent back to.
She was initially sentenced to 21 months in prison because she already had a criminal record, having been convicted of several small shoplifting offences more than 10 years ago, when she was trying to support her three children as a single parent living below the poverty line.
She eventually served a short prison sentence of just over seven months, after an appeals judge said she deserved a second chance and concluded that her children needed her around.
The 47-year-old's youngest son, who is 13, has Sickle-cell disease.
His sister, Ruth, told Sophia, whose indefinite leave to remain in the UK was revoked after she committed a non-violent crime, has been told by the Home Office that she can either take her children to live with her in Jamaica, or communicate with them via Skype.