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New Director's Report - June 2019

On the Ground in Libya: Implementing Alternatives to Detention

By Jerome Phelps
"Migrants are undertaking journeys through some of the most dangerous countries on earth.  In countries deep in conflict, where everyone faces the risk of indiscriminate violence, migrants are often at the greatest risk."

In this new report Jerome analyses the difficulties faced by migrants in Libya. He introduces us to Maryam, a young woman who decided to leave home with her child. She travelled across the Sahara towards Europe to be with her husband, in hopes that their family could be together. Her dream quickly turned into a nightmare of detention and suffering.

Jerome discusses the challenges and opportunities that exist for implementing alternatives to detention in the African continent. He also details a recent training that IDC facilitated with implementers in Libya.

"The core purpose of alternatives is to get people out of detention, and into community placements that meet their specific needs. And to ensure that people are given the agency to make their own decisions about their own futures, no matter how difficult the options."
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