The IDC is thrilled to announce that our new Executive Director will be Jerome Phelps.

Jerome comes to the IDC having been Director of Detention Action in the United Kingdom for over ten years. Detention Action provides support and advice to migrants in immigration detention, and campaigns for change. They have been a lead Member organisation of the IDC in Europe for many years, and are strong proponents of the IDC’s approach to alternatives to immigration detention.

In his role at Detention Action, Jerome was a key player in the national detention reform process that reduced the number of migrants in detention by a third. He designed and managed an innovative alternative to detention project for young migrant ex-offenders, and oversaw Detention Action’s successful strategic litigation which in 2015 ended the Detained Fast Track asylum process.  He contributed to six influential Detention Action reports, including Without Detention, which set out a strategy for developing alternatives to detention in the UK.

Jerome has always been a highly valued member of the IDC’s International Advisory Committee as the Western Europe Regional Advisor for over 10 years. He regularly worked closely with Grant Mitchell and the IDC team, contributing to some of IDC’s biggest successes including as co-facilitator of the European Alternatives to Detention Network.

Jerome writes regularly on detention and migration issues, including for the Huffington Post, Forced Migration Review and openDemocracy.

We look forward to officially welcoming Jerome to the IDC in late July. In the meantime, Dr Robyn Sampson will continue as Acting Director.