Our Immigration Detention Monitoring Program monitors the conditions of immigration detention and how people are treated in immigration detention in Australia.
We aim to prevent and reduce harm and suffering and empower people in detention.
Australian Red Cross has now been providing services to people in immigration detention in Australia for more than thirty years, and since 2010, we have formally monitored places of immigration detention in Australia. To this day, Red Cross is still the only humanitarian organisation that visits all detention facilities on a regular basis.
Teams of Red Cross Humanitarian Observers regularly visit immigration detention facilities in Australia. Our teams inspect detention facilities, speak with people in detention, and meet with detention service providers to identify issues of humanitarian concern. We then confidentially discuss our concerns with the Australian Government and detention service providers to try to resolve these issues and to prevent and reduce harm.
We also work closely with the Restoring Family Links service to help people in detention facilities to restore their contact with their loved ones.
Our program also supports the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in its monitoring visits offshore.
We conduct our work in strict accordance with the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement Fundamental Principles.
Our work is conducted in accordance with a set of Guiding Principles that set out Red Cross expectations about immigration detention. These Guiding Principles are:
Red Cross is a respected, experienced and impartial organisation that people in detention can approach about any issues of concern. Many people in detention recognise Red Cross from their home countries and feel safe talking to us.
We work to persuade governments, public authorities and decision makers to act in the interests of vulnerable people in detention, always being mindful of their humanitarian needs.
The way we work in places of immigration detention is based on the ways of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Globally, the ICRC monitors the conditions of people detained as prisoners of war, civilians detained during conflict, and others detained in situations of violence.
If you are in immigration detention in Australia or would like more information about our program, you can contact the Immigration Detention Monitoring team.