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.
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.
Our Structure and Activities
Our work is broadly aligned along two branches:
Through interaction with local Genevan (or farther) prisons, ID Local has two parallel yet complementary objectives:
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:
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.
To foment this discussion ID International will tap into its international board and volunteer base to:
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 past activities:
To know more or to get involved, please contact us through our Facebook page (Initiative for Detainees / Initiative pour les détenus IHEID: https://www.facebook.com/InitiativeForDetainees/ )
or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also directly contact our Presidents through their IHEID emails.
ID International: Carolina DE LA TORRE UGARTE
ID Local: Arthur DUCLOS