IDC is a powerful global network of 400+ organisations, groups, individuals, as well as representatives of communities impacted by immigration detention, based in over 100 countries. IDC members have a wide range of specialisations related to immigration detention and alternatives to detention, including academia, law, research, policy, direct service, advocacy, and community organising.

IDC staff work nationally and regionally in Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and at the global level. Staff coordinate with members and partners on advocacy, research, coalition and capacity building, as well as create opportunities for national, regional and global collaboration to reduce immigration detention and further rights-based alternatives to detention.

Vision

A world where immigration detention no longer exists and people who migrate live with rights and dignity.

Mission

IDC advocates to secure the human rights of people impacted by and at-risk of immigration detention. In partnership with civil society, UN agencies, and multiple levels of government, we strategically build movements, and influence law, policy and practices to reduce immigration detention and implement rights-based alternatives to detention.

Values

Solutions-Focused

We strategically adapt our approaches to context, and develop pragmatic solutions that are grounded in everyday reality and experience

Innovation

We continually innovate our understanding and practices, through curiosity, learning, and exploring new possibilities

Collaboration

We engage in collective thinking and group-centred processes that facilitate an active exchange of ideas and contributions

Respect

We listen closely and with empathy to diverse perspectives, share and accept critique, and treat one another with dignity

Representation

We prioritise diversity, inclusion, and the leadership of people with lived experience of detention, in order to ensure accountability in our work

Strategic Goals

IDC exists to achieve two long-term strategic goals:

End immigration detention

Establish rights-based ATD as a best practice

ATD is a critical tool to reduce the use of immigration detention. IDC focuses on the realisation of rights in ATD policy and practice. IDC’s Community Assessment and Placement (CAP) Model serves as a baseline framework for identifying and developing rights-based ATD.

Our Approach

IDC sets a collaborative and pragmatic agenda for change through our core organisational approaches:

Advocacy

Research

Coalition & Capacity Building

Learn more about our approach here.


Funders

 
Oak Foundation
Planet Wheeler Foundation
Open Society Foundations
MacArthur Foundation
Cammina
Australian Communities Foundation
Ford Foundation