The IDC Secretariat has developed an international and regional strategic engagement and coordination model to assist the development and implementation of its strategic and operational plan approved by the Board.

IDC operations are divided into the following 5 regions – Asia-Pacific, Africa, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Americas and Europe. Additional international and sub-regional advisors may be specified in the IDC strategic and operational plan depending on prioritization and need as approved by the Board.

Each region or sub-region may be allocated a Regional Advisor based in the region, who works together with the Regional Coordinator and Secretariat, to develop and implement the IDC’s work in the region according to the approved strategic plan.

Regional Coordinators (staff) are the Secretariat lead for a nominated region, who work collaboratively with the relevant Regional Advisors (volunteer) or International Advisors (volunteer) and other key stakeholders in developing regional initiatives across the IDC’s four key areas of work together with IDC members.

Regional Advisors assist the IDC Secretariat, advising and working in collaboration with the Regional Coordinator, members and stakeholders and overseeing, developing and implementing regional and national initiatives.

See a the Terms of Reference for Advisory Committee Members here.


Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in over 150 countries and […]

Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network

The Regional Advisor to IDC is Sussi Prapakranant who works for the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) – an […]

Association for Legal Intervention, Poland

Katarzyna Slubik is the lead advocate at the Association for Legal Intervention based in Poland. The organisation provides legal assistance, advocates […]

Association for the Prevention of Torture

The Association for the Prevention of Torture was founded in 1977 and was built on the insight that torture and […]

Asylum Access América Latina

Karina Sarmiento actúa como Asesora Regional de Sudamérica. Es Directora de Asylum Access América Latina (AALA), liderando el trabajo de la […]

Canadian Council for Refugees

The Canadian Council for Refugees is a national non-profit umbrella organisation committed to the rights and protection of refugees and […]

Catholic Mission

Catholic Mission represents the Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Region for the IDC. They are the Australian agency of […]

Detention Action

Detention Action’s Advisory Committee member is Jerome Phelps, Director of Detention Action. Detention Action works to defend the rights and improve the […]

Detention Watch Network

Silky Shah is the Co-Director of the Detention Watch Network, and she is one of the IDC’s Regional Advisors for North […]

Dr. Melissa Phillips

Dr. Melissa Phillips is a non-resident Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation (New York University) and an Honorary Fellow […]

Veronica Aragon

Veronica B. Y. Aragon serves as Regional Advisor for the Caribbean. She is an International Consultant and served most recently […]

Grupo de Monitoreo Independiente de El Salvador

Vinicio Sandóval actua como Asesor Regional de Centroamérica. Es Director Ejecutivo delGrupo de Monitoreo Independiente de El Salvador (GMIES), que constituye la […]

Human Rights First

The IDC Advisory Committee Member is Eleanor Acer. Human Rights First was founded in 1978 as the Lawyers Committee for International Human […]

Human Rights Watch

Bill Frelick is the Head of Refugee Rights program and the IDC representative for Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW is one […]

Japan Association for Refugees

Mr. Brian Barbour is currently serving as Director of Protection and Assistance at the Japan Association for Refugees, and is […]

Jesuit Refugee Service

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) advisory board representative is Fr Michael Gallagher. JRS is an international Catholic organisation with a mission […]

Jesuit Refugee Service Europe

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Europe is part of an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and […]

Kituo Cha Sheria

Kituo Cha Sheria provides free legal representation and advice to some of an estimated 100,000 refugees that live in Nairobi. […]

Lawyers for Human Rights

The Advisory Committee member for LHR is Kayan Leung, leading the Detention team. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is an independent […]

Melanie Teff

Melanie Teff is Unicef UK’s Senior Humanitarian Advocacy& Policy Adviser. Previously she worked as the International Rescue Committee’s Senior Emergency […]

Middle East Council of Churches

The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) is a fellowship of churches which fosters and strengthens the relations between churches, between […]

Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS)

Marek Linha is an adviser at the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS). He recently co-authored a report on detention […]

Refugee Consortium of Kenya

Eunice Githinji is the Eastern Africa Advisory Committee Member, representing the Refugee Consortium of Kenya (RCK). RCK  is a registered national […]

Refugee Rights Turkey

Refugee Rights Turkey is an independent NGO based in Istanbul that provides legal information and assistance services to asylum seekers; […]

Sin Fronteras

The IDC Advisory Committee member for Sin Fronteras is Nancy Pérez García. Sin Fronteras (Without Borders) is a civilian organisation created in December […]

SUKA Society

Anderson Selvasegaram is the Executive Director of SUKA Society,and represents Southeast Asia on the IDC International Advisory Committee.  He founded […]

West Africa Institute for Legal Aid

Thomas Touray is the International Advisory Committee Member for Western Africa, a Human Rights Lawyer and Executive Director of The West […]