Immigration Detention Working Group Deputy Chair, Joshua Ericsson

As the country manager for HOST International in Malaysia, Joshua manages the implementation of a community-based child protection project for refugee children in the context of COVID-19 in Malaysia and the implementation of a livelihoods project to establish a social enterprise for refugee communities in Malaysia and Thailand.

His previous work experience includes working with the Child Protection Unit of UNHCR Malaysia and the Law and Treaties Division of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM). Through his work, he has conducted research and advocacy on law and policy change, and has coordinated meetings and stakeholder engagements in relation to child rights and rights of persons affected by migration including refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons in Malaysia, with an emphasis on implementation of alternatives to detention and ending the detention of children.

Joshua has a Bachelor’s in Law (LLB) (Hons) from the University of London (External Program) and a Master’s in international law (LLM) (Hons) with a specialisation in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM). He is fluent in English and Malay.

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