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5/20 in #NYC: @HumanRights1st Breakfast Briefing on Alternatives to Detention

May 16, 2011

Human Rights First invites you to join us for an informal breakfast briefing on Friday, May 20, 2011 at 8:45 am. Discussion starts at 9:00 am sharp, and coffee and a light breakfast will be served beginning at 8:45. Our offices are located at 333 Seventh Avenue (between 28th and 29th streets), 13th floor, New York, New York 10001.

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The briefing will feature a new report from the International Detention Coalition (IDC) entitled: “There are alternatives: A handbook on preventing unnecessary immigration detention.”

Human Rights First is happy to host the NYC launch event for a new report issued by the International Detention Coalition (IDC) on alternatives to detention (ATDs), produced with research assistance from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. The report details ATD models used in countries across the globe, and is intended to serve as a handbook for national governments – including the United States – to increase the use of ATDs and decrease unnecessary reliance on immigration detention. IDC’s research finds that reliable ATD models are less costly than detention and have high compliance rates. The research also outlines a unique combination of mechanisms to prevent unnecessary immigration detention with strategies for effective and humane case resolution in the community, reducing the financial and human cost of immigration detention.

The International Detention Coalition’s members include more than 200 non-governmental organizations, faith-based groups, academics, practitioners, and individuals working in 50 countries globally. Coalition members research, advocate, and provide direct services to and on behalf of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants. The IDC advocates for greater respect for the human rights of immigration detainees.

The IDC’s director – Grant Mitchell – will join us in New York following a Geneva launch event at a the Global Alternatives to Detention Roundtable, hosted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on May 11 and 12. At the New York briefing, Mr. Mitchell will provide an overview of the report’s findings and recommendations and an update on global discussions concerning alternatives to detention for migrants and asylum seekers. Several experts will offer brief comments to kick-off the discussions.


  • Mr. Grant Mitchell, Director, International Detention Coalition


  • Pia Oberi, Migration Advisor to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Lindsay Jenkins, Assistant Protection Officer at UNHCR
  • Leslie Velez, Director of Access to Justice at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

The discussion will be moderated by Eleanor Acer, Refugee Protection Director at Human Rights First and a member of the IDC’s International Advisory Committee.

Please RSVP to by 5pm on Wednesday, May 18th.

We hope to see you there!

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