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Upholding dignity behind bars: Working with the ICRC to assist detainees.

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by Impactpool
in partnership with ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross

Published on: 24 May 2024

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been working in detention facilities for over 140 years. Working to uphold the dignity of people who have lost their freedom is more than just a profession – it’s a calling and one that demands an unflagging commitment to our Fundamental Principles.

We carry out a wide variety of activities to ease the hardships faced by detainees. We regularly visit detention facilities to talk privately with detainees, so that we can assess their living conditions and see how they are being treated.

What is the goal?

A key part of our mission is to ensure that detainees are treated with dignity and humanity, regardless of why they have been incarcerated, and we work with detention facilities all over the world. Our activities are geared towards specific objectives, which include preventing:

  • enforced disappearances.
  • extrajudicial executions
  • ill-treatment
  • failure to respect fundamental judicial guarantees.

We strive to ensure that the conditions of detention are in line with laws and internationally recognized standards.

Working with us

If you want to join our detention teams, you must not only have the necessary skills, but also be deeply committed to humanitarian work and our principles of neutrality, impartiality, and independence. Detention experts have to navigate complex political, social and cultural contexts while continuing to promote humanitarian values. You must be capable of assessing and addressing the needs of detainees while dealing with the emotional toll of seeing people suffer.

Despite the challenges you may encounter, working in detention facilities for the ICRC is a profoundly rewarding experience. Each time we succeed in improving conditions for detainees or putting a detainee back in touch with loved ones, it attests to the power of humanitarian work. If you’re looking to build an impactful career, working with detainees may be the right fit for you.

Meet our experts.
We’re hosting a webinar on 4 June 2024 at 1pm CEST to talk about careers with our detention team. Our experts and recruiters will discuss their work with the ICRC and explain how you can join the team.

Register here for our detention webinar

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