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5/16 in #DC: There Are Alternatives! Preventing Unnecessary Immigration Detention

May 14, 2011


“There are alternatives: A handbook on preventing unnecessary immigration detention”

Monday May 16th, 3 pm – 5 pm

Location: Maggio + Kattar, 11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 775, Washington DC 20036

 Can’t attend in person? Here’s call-in number: 1-218-936-4700; Access Code:  731897

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  •  Grant Mitchell, Director, International Detention Coalition
  • Leslie Velez, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • Michelle Brane, Women’s Refugee Commission
  • Gig Bonnici, America’s Regional Coordinator, IDC

The new IDC handbook identifies good alternative to detention practices from around the world and introduces CAP, the Community Assessment and Placement model. This conceptual model identifies a range of mechanisms currently in use, which enforce immigration law without a heavy reliance on detention. The model highlights effective management in the community and assists governments to make informed decisions on appropriate placement, management and support options. The handbook is an invitation for governments to review their immigration management policies. The handbook is available in the link here

In 2011 the International Detention Coalition will visit all continents to present the CAP model to governments and civil society and apply it to the immigration detention issues in each region.

The briefing and roundtable is being hosted by the Detention Watch Network, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Maggio + Kattar, the National Immigration Forum and Women’s Refugee Commission

The International Detention Coalition is a coalition of over 250 non-governmental groups and individuals working in more than 50 countries. The IDC constructively engages with governments around the word on alternatives to immigration detention, particularly for children and young people, who are most affected by detention policies. For more information visit:

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