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The IDC is endorsed by some of the worlds leading practitioners working towards improving human rights.


“Immigration detention must remain a key area of scrutiny and focus for our collective efforts with States’ continued use of detention for vulnerable asylum seeker and refugee men, women and children. UNHCR greatly appreciates the efforts of IDC and we value our strong partnership and ongoing collaboration…”

Volker Türk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

“We often note that International Detention Coalition operates at a pace and level which would befit a much larger team. Relentless meeting schedules with government officials around the globe, and ground-breaking publications detailing practical alternatives to detention have generated real results…”  Read more

Anna Demant, Foundation Manger, Planet Wheeler

“To me it is of great value to work with the IDC as a practitioner. Highlighting an important question from a holistic point of view including the view of government officials and NGOs creates opportunities to get new perspectives…”
Niclas Axelsson, Specialist in Detention at the Swedish Migration Board
“As starkly illustrated by the current refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East, global migration flows are set to remain a critical global challenge for the foreseeable future. In this context IDC’s work to combat the misuse of detention as a ‘tool of choice’ for migration management will remain particularly important.…” Read more
Tim Parritt – Programme Officer, International Human Rights, Oak Foundation

“The IDC is one of the best coalitions around, doing such smart work in politics and programming, on such a tough and urgent issue. Honestly, when I think of best practices, the IDC is one of the few that always comes to mind.”

John K. Bingham, Coordinator,Development Head of Policy, International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)


“Since working with IDC the idea and concept of Alternatives to Detention is more clear and accepted by the civil society in Taiwan and it has also influenced the government’s attitude…”

E-Ling Chiu, Executive Secretary, Taiwan Association for Human Rights, IDC Member

“Our collaboration with IDC has been ongoing, resulting in long-term strategies that are specific to the Japan context, and have resulted in the signing of an MOU with the Japan Government, a pilot “Alternatives to Detention” scheme that has secured release for several asylum-seekers, and a pilot airport reception scheme.Read more

Brian Barbour, Director, Protection and Assistance Unit, Japan Association for Refugees (JAR) and Chair, Legal Aid and Advocacy Working Group (LAAWG), Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)