International Detention Coalition: Developing and Promoting Alternatives to Immigration Detention

The International Detention Coalition (IDC) is an Australia-based global network of over 400 civil society organizations and individuals in more than 90 countries that advocate for, research, and provide direct services to refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants affected by immigration detention. IDC’s global efforts to reduce and eliminate the official and unofficial mistreatment of refugees and migrants is particularly resonant among recent headlines in the U.S. and elsewhere.

IDC’s current strategic objectives are: 1.Ending and limiting detention, particularly for children; 2.Developing and promoting alternatives to immigration detention; and 3.Improving rights, conditions and monitoring of places of immigration detention.

To strengthen members' capacity to promote alternatives to immigration detention, IDC continues to develop resources such as “There are Alternatives” which provides practical examples of positive practices, an online training toolkit and an interactive map highlighting over 250 examples of alternatives to detention globally. In collaboration with UNHCR, IDC developed a Vulnerability Screening Tool to assist front line workers make informed decisions.

IDC’s advocacy has contributed to strengthening human rights standards at national, regional and UN forums. The Global Campaign to End Child Immigration Detention recently celebrated five years growing to a global movement raising awareness of the harms done to children impacted by immigration detention.  More than 185 Member States of the UN have committed to working towards ending child immigration detention in the New York Declaration. A Joint General Comment provided authoritative guidance on the interpretation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and, as such, apply to all State Parties of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and /or the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. It reinforces and further clarifies that immigration detention is a child rights violation.

NGOsource's Role

IDC first completed the equivalency determination (ED) certification process with NGOsource in October 2015 after one of IDC’s U.S.-based funders invited it to apply. Its ED has been sought six times since its initial ED, including by two additional NGOsource member grant-makers following the first request.

According to IDC, being granted an ED has played a significant role in IDC’s delivery of a global vision. The ability to raise IDC’s profile among grantmakers has enabled the continuation of development of critical advocacy and community based migration management in Mexico, Central and North America which compliments and reinforces programs in Asia Pacific and Europe.

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Top photo: One of IDC’s Annual Member Meetings, where members share strategies and insights into our collective work.

Photo used with permission from IDC (c) 2018. 

NGOsource thanks Libby Zerna for her contribution to this blog post.