People

AVID has two staff members, supported by a Board of Trustees and office volunteers. Find out more about us here. 

 

Staff

Ali McGinley, Director

Ali has been Director of AVID since 2009, steering the charity through its development and growth. Ali leads on AVID’s policy work -  pushing for fundamental reform, particularly in relation to vulnerable people -  and maintaining access for volunteers to places of detention.

Ali is a founding member of the Detention Forum , a coalition working to challenge immigration detention in the UK. She is Chair of the Detention Monitoring Group, a regular meeting for all those working in and on detention issues.

Ali has worked in the voluntary sector for over 19 years, with a focus on community based approaches to social justice and human rights.  Prior to joining AVID, Ali was International Projects Advisor at Amnesty International, building the capacity of small and developing Amnesty sections across Asia-Pacific and in Russia. She also worked with refugee and asylum seeking communities in Glasgow. 

 

ali.mcginley@aviddetention.org.uk

 

Gee Manoharan, Training and Membership Coordinator 

Gee is AVID's Training and Membership Coordinator, with a responsibility for providing and coordinating training, support and information to our membership; making visitors groups more sustainable; and raising awareness of the impact of volunteer visiting on people in detention.  

Gee joined the organisation in 2016. He has a strong background in voluntary sector development and community-based approaches, gained both in Sri Lanka and Northern Ireland. He was a founding member of the Larne House Visitors Group which supports those detained in Larne, outside Belfast.

He has first-hand experience of detention in Colnbrook IRC and Larne House STHF. Following his release he became a visitor to people held in detention.In his role, he brings a full spectrum of experiences as a survivor of detention and also the experience of visiting.  

gee.manoharan@aviddetention.org.uk 

 

 

Board of Trustees

 

Ciaran Price, Treasurer

Ciaran has worked on migrant and refugee issues in Ireland, the UK and East Africa, and has a keen interest in charity policy. He has an MA in Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of York and a background in international relations. He has held a variety of roles in the voluntary sector, including as Communications Officer for Migrants Resource Centre, where he was involved in promoting the voice of migrants, refugees and detainees on the issues that affect them. Ciaran joined AVID's Board of Trustees in 2016 from a desire to see immigration detention ended. He was moved to join AVID because it plays such an important role, bridging the gap between communities and those in detention, with the expertise to create change at the highest level and the passion and anger needed to never give up. Ciaran is also a Trustee of the Small Charities Coalition. 

  

 

Elizabeth Flint, Chair 

Beth joined the AVID Board of Trustees in January 2018. She is an Expert Witness in trafficking and modern slavery and an experienced practitioner in providing frontline support, advocacy, advice and guidance to victims of trafficking and modern slavery, refugees and asylum seekers and to practitioners and services supporting the same. She also has expertise in working with survivors of torture and gender based violence. Beth joined AVID to support the work of AVID’s member groups. She has experience of visiting and assessing detainees in detention through her work and can relate to some of the many challenges experienced by volunteer visitors. She hopes to help volunteers to better identify some of the many barriers to disclosure experienced by detainees and to help volunteers better support                                                                     their complex needs.

 

Michael Darko, Trustee

Michael Joined the AVID Board of Trustees October 2018. He is an active member and a co-facilitator of Freed Voices, a group of experts-by-experience committed to speaking out about the realities of immigration detention in the UK and calling for reform. Between them, they have lost over 20 years to detention in this country. As a group with a strong and authentic voice demanding detention reform, Freed Voices has a significant positive impact on how immigration detention is talked about and has managed to attract an increased sense of political urgency for reform, building momentum for change.

He has first-hand experience of detention in Morton Hall and Brook House. He was trained by the Samaritans as a listener/peer support whilst in detention providing vital help and emotional support to people in detention. Following his release, he became a visitor to people in detention and a staunch campaigner. He joined AVID to support the work of AVID’s members groups and brings a diverse experience as a survivor of detention, a campaigner and the experience of visiting.

Carolina Albuerne, Trustee

Carolina is an expert practitioner and consultant in the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and other vulnerable migrants. She has over seventeen years of front line experience in the refugee and migrant field.Her experience spans from working with newly arrived asylum seekers to supporting those facing destitution and immigration detention in the UK. She has expertise in working with vulnerable populations such as victims of trafficking and torture and is an experienced trainer and facilitator.

She has worked for the Refugee Council, Freedom from Torture, Solace (Surviving Exile and Persecution) and the Poppy Project amongst others. She currently works at Refugee Action as Good Practice and Partnerships Manager leading on the organisation’s capacity building strategy. arolina has been a Trustee of AVID since 2011.