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February 2019

IDC Releases Annual Report


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July 2017- June 2018

It is vital that civil society is strengthened to enable increased advocacy on this issue, and to create a greater motivation for States to respond to the damaging effects of immigration detention on refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons and migrants.

The IDC has been fortunate to stand with and support civil society in this important work, and we are thankful to be part of it.

Anna Gallagher
Former President of the Governance and Finance Board, 2012-2018

Grant Mitchell
Former Executive Director, 2009-2018

In 2018, Anna Gallagher retired from her role as President of the IDC Board after 10 years of dedicated service. Grant Mitchell also retired last year after 9 years of service as the Founding Director. 
In June 2018, the IDC Governance Board and Staff welcomed Alice Nah as the newly appointed President of the Board, and Jerome Phelps as the new Executive Director of the IDC.
Stakeholder session on implementing alternatives in Mexico. July 2017.
"IDC has worked to ensure that community-based alternatives to detention are at the heart of global and national debates on immigration governance."
IDC Theory of Change Workshop. Jakarta, Indonesia. June 2018.
"Alternatives to detention are moving from normative standards to on-the-ground realities, benefiting migrant communities and improving migration governance systems."

IDC's cross-regional exchange on child detention at the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. New York, United States. June 2018.

"There is a need for pilots that can test and evaluate new approaches, and also provide an opportunity for governments and civil society to work together and build trust for the long-term."


Our partners at PICUM are currently hiring for two advocacy officer positions, we encourage all those qualified to apply! Application deadline for both positions is 4 FEBRUARY 2019.

Advocacy Officer - Undocumented Children and Youth

  • PICUM is looking for a highly experienced policy professional to lead the creation, implementation and assessment of its advocacy strategy on children, families and youth. 
Advocacy Officer - Detention and Return
  • PICUM is looking for a highly experienced advocacy professional to lead the creation, implementation and assessment of its advocacy strategy on reducing the use of immigration detention, ending child detention and improving safeguards during the return process.
Advocacy Coordinator Silvia Gómez on the Global Compact
IDC Director Jerome Phelps and IDC Global Advocacy Coordinator Silvia Gómez attended the signing of the Global Compact on Migration in Marrakech last week. It was signed in December 2018 by 164 States, after 18 months of negotiation.

In the aftermath of the sign-off, Silvia, who was involved in the negotiations throughout, discusses her impression of the Compact process and what happens next. Read her full interview

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