Junita Calder – Regional Coordinator for Middle East & Africa

Junita Calder - Staff ProfileJunita coordinates both the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Region and the Africa Region for IDC from her new home in London, United Kingdom.  Passionate about skills sharing and effective inter-cultural communication, Junita is excited to work with the diverse IDC Network. 

A desire to stand in solidarity with those who are forced to flee their homes, especially children and young people, guided Junita through studies in International Law, Politics and Leadership.  From Myanmar to New Zealand, her experience has so far included direct case management in youth work and post-disaster emergency situations, as well as policy development and project management in forced migration and development contexts. 

Coming to the IDC from her previous dual roles as the Advocacy Coordinator for the Asia Pacific office of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and as the Bangkok Child Protection Project Start-Up Director for JRS Thailand, Junita has recent first-hand experience of visiting and advocating for improved programming in immigration detention centres in countries of first asylum, as well as facilitating the development of collaborative Alternatives to Detention.  She was also privileged to work closely with and as part of inter-agency task forces who have been lobbying for the release of children from immigration detention for some years, witnessing incremental change.

Junita is enrolled as a barrister or solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and is an alumna of The East-West Centre in Honolulu, Hawaii.