A ROADMAP TO CHANGE
It is a critical time for States to commit to ending the immigration detention of children consistent with the CRC Committee’s recommendation to “expeditiously and completely cease the detention of children on the basis of their immigration status,” and to collaborate on enhancing dialogue and reform in this area with other State parties.
A number of States already have or are in the process of ending the immigration detention of children. With the backing of these and other supportive States, UN and civil-society partners, we seek to formally announce a global initiative to end the immigration detention of children.
States who have explored, developed or implemented alternatives to the immigration detention of children will be targeted for follow up, and asked to showcase their reform efforts and encourage others States to follow suit. We will also approach States who have expressed an interest in the issues of child rights and migration management more generally, some of whom who may not yet have taken steps to end child detention, but may be willing to explore positive practices.
THE THREE STEPS OF THE GLOBAL INITIATIVE
The Global Initiative will be structured in three incremental, actionable, and measurable steps drawing directly upon existing State obligations under the CRC. In this way, the Global Initiative does not seek to impose any additional obligations on State parties, but rather to provide an incremental and actionable roadmap for States to work collaboratively with UN partners and civil society to end the practice of child immigration detention in fulfilment of their CRC obligations. The Initiative will act as forum for encouraging and celebrating positive steps to eradicate the practice of child immigration detention; for sharing positive practices with regard to legislation and ATD implementation; and for indicating compliance with this aspect of the CRC.
To reaffirm the right to liberty of refugee, asylum seeker and migrant children and their parents.
To enact legislation and policies to expeditiously and completely cease the immigration detention of children and their parents
To adopt alternatives to detention that fulfil the best interests of the child and allow children to remain with their family members and/or guardians in non-custodial, community-based contexts while their immigration status is being resolved
A GLOBAL ALLIANCE
The Global Initiative will be supported by the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) to End Child Immigration Detention, which is a consultative process seeking to build consensus among States on the need to end the practice of child immigration detention; to share positive practices regarding rights-based alternatives to child immigration detention; and to assist States to track progress and achievements of efforts to end child immigration detention.
END CHILD DETENTION BROCHURE
This brochure provides a summary of the issue of child detention, it details why children are on the move, why and how many States use detention, the negative impacts of immigration detention on children, and solutions that States can explore to end child detention.
SUMMARY OF NORMATIVE STANDARDS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO END CHILD DETENTION
This brochure provides a summary of international law on child detention, detailing normative standards and recommendations on ending child detention.