Initiatives for Detainees

Who are we?

 We are the Initiative for Detainees (ID), a student initiative, part of the Graduate Institute Student Association (GISA), launched in October 2018 to further links between prisoners and the rest of society.

Local Branch

Through interaction with local Genevan (or farther) prisons, ID Local has two parallel yet complementary objectives:

  1. To link the detainees with their immediate outside environment.
  2. To promote the Graduate Institute as a local actor in Geneva and Switzerland.

Effectively, ID local will act as the Genevan branch of the GESEPI association, already active in Lausanne and Neuchâtel, providing linguistic classes and socio-cultural activities inside penitentiaries.


As a volunteer-based organization, ID local will be active in the local detention centres by:

  • Providing linguistic (or other) classes to the detainees.
  • Organizing socio-cultural, artistic or other activities inside the prisons.

As a guideline, ID aims at providing innovative ideas to improve detention practices and is therefore very flexible and open to new propositions by its volunteers.

International Awareness and Advocacy Branch

Taking advantage of the visibility and expertise of the Graduate Institute, ID International aims at engaging with the International Geneva community, as well as the Genevan student community, around the issue of detention conditions around the World. ID International will work to increase awareness and create debates on the rights and livelihoods of detainees worldwide.

→ Activities:

To foment this discussion ID International will tap into its international board and volunteer base to:

  • Organize conferences and debates with selected guests to confront perspectives and ideas on the topic.
  • Screen movies related to detention conditions, the rights for prisoners, or the different prison systems.
  • Organize public events throughout Geneva to engage directly with the local community.

To involve the wider Genevan student body, ID International will collaborate with Amnesty International UNIGE by co-organizing events both at the Graduate Institute and at the University of Geneva.

 Our Vision

At ID, we believe that detention should be a measure of last resort that is always carried out in full accordance with human rights. This is in the best interest of the detainees but also of the society, as it will maximize the chances of successful reintegration after the incarceration.


    If you have any questions or want to get involved, you can contact through our facebook page or by email:

For any other questions or demands, you can contact the corresponding president by email:


ID International: Carolina DE LA TORRE UGARTE

ID Local: Arthur DUCLOS

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