IDC Expertise

Staff of the IDC

Jerome Phelps – Director

Jerome comes to the IDC having been Director of Detention Action in the United Kingdom for over ten years.

Vanessa Martinez – Americas Regional Coordinator

As Americas Regional Coordinator for the IDC, Vanessa is responsible for strengthening the coalition and network management among members and partners

Junita Calder – Regional Coordinator for Middle East & Africa

Junita coordinates both the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Region and the Africa Region for IDC from London, United

Deepa Nambiar – Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator

Deepa coordinates the activities of IDC’s members in the Asia Pacific region from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
She has

Jem Stevens – Europe Regional Coordinator

Jem Stevens is the IDC’s Europe Regional Coordinator.
Jem has been working in the field of human rights research and

Leeanne Torpey – Communications and Campaigns Coordinator

There are alternatives to child detention that are cheaper and more humane: this message is at the heart of the

Dr Robyn Sampson – Acting Director

Dr. Robyn Sampson is the Acting Director of the International Detention Coalition and an Adjunct Research Fellow with the

Libby Zerna – Administration and Finance Coordinator

Libby manages the finances and administration for the International Detention Coalition. She also coordinates the regional offices in Asia and Mexico.

Diana Martínez – Mexico Program Officer

Diana Martínez is the Mexico Program Officer for the International Detention Coalition.
She has more than 10 years of experience,

Adrienn Kiss – Europe Programme Officer

Adrienn is the Europe Programme Officer for the IDC. She supports to set up the network of NGOs implementing alternatives [...]

Tiffany Shakespeare – Africa Programme Officer

As the Africa Programme Officer, Tiffany supports the Africa Regional Coordinator in strengthening the coalition, mapping alternatives to immigration detention,

International Advisory Committee

Jesuit Refugee Service

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

Refugee Rights Turkey

The IDC Advisory Member for Refugee Rights Turkey is Oktay Durukan.
Refugee Rights Turkey is an independent NGO based in Istanbul

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

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

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

Veronica Aragon

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

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

Melanie Teff

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network

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

Human Rights Watch

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

Kituo Cha Sheria

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

Amnesty International

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

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

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

Grant Mitchell

Grant Mitchell is a social anthropologist in international migration and is completing his PhD at Swinburne University on rights-based government engagement. He [...]

IDC Board

Anna Marie Gallagher

Anna is the President of the International Detention Coalition.
Anna is a shareholder at Maggio + Kattar in Washington, D.C., and

Alice Nah

Alice Nah is the Vice President of the IDC Governance and Finance Committee. She is also a Research and Teaching

Mary Latham

Mary is a founding member of IDC and the current Treasurer and Secretary for the organisation. She is an experienced

James Thomson

James currently works at Act for Peace, Australia as the National Advocacy Officer for the Program on Refugees and Displaced

Michelle Brané

Michelle is one of the USA’s foremost experts on U.S. immigration detention and reform. As the Director of the Migrant Rights and