Position papers

LGBTI Persons in Immigration Detention

(2016) It is the position of the IDC that vulnerable individuals should never be placed in immigration detention. Immigration detention is particularly harmful to individuals who are already at a heightened risk of discrimination, abuse and exploitation, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) persons. Within places of immigration detention, LGBTI persons face heightened levels of harassment, discrimination, psychological abuse, physical and sexual violence by detention staff as well as other detainees. This Position Paper provides an overview of the serious impacts of detention on LGBTI persons.


Children in Immigration Detention

(2008) The detention of children is of particular concern to the IDC. This paper analyses the international legal framework regarding immigration detention in general and specifically as it relates to children. It examines the compatibility of child immigration detention with the Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as other international norms. It concludes that immigration detention is never an appropriate place for children, and that states must adopt alternatives to detention which protect children from the risk of being detained.