We have Humanitarian Observers - staff and volunteers - who conduct independent humanitarian monitoring of immigration detention facilities across Australia and support visits overseas (see Offshore monitoring).
Humanitarian Observers assess the general conditions of immigration detention, access to services and the treatment of the people detained.
Humanitarian Observers offer people in detention an opportunity to discuss their situation and concerns with us during private and confidential interviews.
"Through Red Cross I can play a small role in providing support to those seeking our security and protection. The Immigration Detention Monitoring Program is a reminder to us all of what we have in common - our humanity."
- volunteer Humanitarian Observer.
Red Cross visits all detention facilities regularly. Based on our monitoring, we raise any issues of humanitarian concern and engage in confidential advocacy with the Department of Immigration and the Australian Government. This advocacy can be in relation to issues at a particular immigration detention facility or issues affecting all Australian facilities.
In order to discuss sensitive issues openly, constructively and consistent with Red Cross' approach to humanitarian diplomacy, our dialogue with people in detention, with service providers and with the authorities is confidential.
The monitoring program is funded by Australian Red Cross and complements monitoring by the Commonwealth Ombudsman, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the UNHCR.