On 29th to 30th August, IDC and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APPRN) co-organized a successful capacity building workshop on Alternatives to Detention  in Jakarta, Indonesia. The workshop was attended by 30 participants from 20 organizations from Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, Philippines, Nepal, and Hong Kong who are actively seeking to establish or expand alternatives to immigration detention (ATD) projects in countries in their respective countries.

Participant presenting in the Capacity Building workshop

The workshop focused on practical skills-based training and included sessions on screening and assessing vulnerability of refugees and asylum seekers, principles to consider when working with traumatised persons, case management and referral systems and minimum standards for running an ATD shelter. Some participants were also invited by Church World Service to visit their alternative to detention project in Jakarta, a shelter for unaccompanied and separated refugee and asylum seeking minors.