Grant Mitchell – Director

Grant Mitchell is a social anthropologist in international migration and is the Director of the International Detention Coalition (IDC), an international civil society network of members in 73 countries.

Mr Mitchell has extensive experience in international asylum and immigration detention policy, including working with governments, UN bodies and civil society in Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East on the development and implementation of alternatives to immigration detention and case management models.

He has previously work with Swedish Migration Board in their asylum reception system and for the Australian Red Cross and Hotham Mission running community-based asylum seeker programs.

Mr Mitchell sits on the tripartite Asia Forced Migration Dialogue, is a member of the US government’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-NGO Working Group and the Family Case Management Reference Committee and is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network. He is currently a PhD candidate with Swinburne University researching government engagement by civil society on Border, Migration and Sovereignty in the context of immigration detention.

He won the Australian Human Rights Award in 2002, and was nominated for the 2004 French Human Rights Prize.