Michael Flynn, Executive Director
Michael Flynn, Executive Director of the Global Detention Project, holds a BA in Philosophy from DePaul University and a PhD in International Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He is coauthor (with Izabella Majcher and Mariette Grange) of Immigration Detention in the European Union: In the Shadow of the “Crisis” (Springer 2020); and coeditor (with Matthew Flynn) of Challenging Immigration Detention: Academics, Activists, and Policymakers (Edward Elgar, 2017).
Izabella Majcher, Researcher
Izabella Majcher, Researcher at the Global Detention Project, is a researcher in international human rights and refugee law, with expertise in European Union’s immigration and asylum policy. Her research at the GDP focuses on the international legal framework governing immigration detention and detention regimes in European Union and Latin American countries. Izabella is also a volunteer visitor to immigration detainees in Geneva, with the Ligue suisse des droits de l’Homme. She holds a PhD in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva. Her doctoral dissertation assesses the European Union’s policies targeting undocumented migrants and their compatibility with international human rights law.
Katie Welsford, Communications Officer
Katie Welsford, Communications Officer at the Global Detention Project, has a background in not-for-profit communications and journalism and specialises in conflict and displacement. She previously worked for the AMAR International Charitable Foundation, overseeing all digital communications and campaigns which focussed in particular upon the IDP crisis in Northern Iraq. Prior to this, Katie worked as the Co-ordinator for the human rights NGO, Reach All Women in War, and as a freelance journalist in the Middle East and Caucasus for publications including the Guardian, Daily Beast and Le Monde Diplomatique. She holds an MSc in Political Science from the University of London’s Birkbeck College and a BA in Social Geography from Durham University.
Mariette Grange, Adviser
Mariette Grange served as Senior Researcher at the Global Detention Project during 2010-2019. She currently serves as an external adviser to the GDP team. Ms. Grange’s track record includes co-establishing the Amnesty International office to the United Nations in Geneva and providing leadership to Human Rights Watch during the institution-building years of the Human Rights Council. She worked on migrant and refugee operations at the World Council of Churches and the International Catholic Migration Commission and on emerging issues at the International Council on Human Rights Policy. Her research interests include the UN treaty bodies and the impact of language on human rights protection.
Jun Pang, Research Fellow
Jun Pang is an independent researcher with experience working on refugee and migrant rights campaigns in Asia and Europe. She holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration from the University of Oxford and a BA in Human, Social, and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.
Mario Giudo, Research Fellow
Mario Guido holds an LLB with European Legal Studies from the University of Reading and an LLM from University College London. He has also obtained the Certificate in Transnational Law from the University of Geneva and attended Uppsala University in Sweden as an exchange student under the Erasmus programme in 2015-2016. Since graduating he has worked at the Advice in Individual Rights in Europe (AIRE) Centre and Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) in London. His LLM thesis was published in Spanish in the Argentinean legal journal “La Ley” and concerned the involvement of private entities in the provision of employment for prisoners through the lens of the International Labour Organisation Forced Labour Convention in Germany, France and Australia
Former interns, researchers, and consultants
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