JUNITA CALDER joined the IDC as the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) and Africa Regional Coordinator in 2015. Prior to that, she worked in direct case management, policy development and project management within forced migration and development contexts. 

Junita has first-hand experience visiting immigration detention centres in countries of first asylum. She advocated for improved programming, as well as facilitated the development of collaborative Alternatives to Detention. Additionally, she served on inter-agency task forces that lobbied for the release of children from detention. Through this, she witnessed the impact of strategic incremental change.

Junita is enrolled as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. She is also an alumna of The East-West Centre in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has Bachelor’s degrees in International Law and Politics, as well as post-graduate qualifications in Leadership. Junita is based in London, United Kingdom.