The International Detention Coalition (IDC) is a unique global network, of over 400 civil society organisations 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.

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The IDC envisions a world without unnecessary immigration detention.


The IDC works to ensure that the human rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants impacted by immigration detention are respected, protected and fulfilled. The IDC aims to bring about changes in legislation, policy and practice that prevent, mitigate and respond to the harms associated with immigration detention and that promote alternatives to detention. The IDC does this through our four key areas of work: network and capacity building, advocacy, awareness raising and campaigns, research and reporting.

Strategic Priorities

Following the completion of a Global Detention Survey in 2008, the IDC identified three strategic priorities to guide our work:

  1. Ending and limiting detention, particularly for children
  2. Developing and promoting alternatives to immigration detention
  3. Improving rights, conditions and monitoring of places of immigration detention

Four Key Areas of Work

The IDC fulfils its mission by building the capacity of our members in four key areas:

  1. Networking and Capacity Building
  2. Advocacy
  3. Awareness Raising and Campaigns
  4. Research and Reporting


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Open Society Foundations
MacArthur Foundation
Australian Communities Foundation
Ford Foundation