Mariane Quintao

Mariane Quintão

“I think my story demonstrates how States are more concerned with protecting borders then protecting children or human rights. When families want better opportunities to contribute to society, they are often prohibited from doing so because of migration laws.”

Mariane Quintao is a global campaigner, who was once detained as a child in the United States. She has been a Youth Advocate with the campaign since 2012. Over the past six years, she has made many wonderful contributions to the campaign. Mariane has written blog posts, participated in webinars and presented at Campaign events. In 2017, as well as testifying at the UN Human Rights Council before a Thematic Session on the Global Compacts. She shared her story, which represents the story of many around the world, and shared her critical recommendations. Where do you currently live? Canberra, Australia Why does the campaign matter to you? Because I was personally affected by immigration detention. How long have you been involved with the Global Campaign to End Child Detention? 5 years How have you been involved in the Global Campaign to End Child Detention? Presented testimony at international events e.g. 3rd Informal Thematic Session of the UN Global Compacts, Global Forum on Migration and Development Performances: Hear Our Voices presented at UN CRC General Day of Discussion Blog posts Are you involved in other advocacy, campaigning or community activities? Not yet because I recently moved here, but in Brazil yes. I was a volunteer at the Methodist Church Social Services Program. What are your hobbies, or how do you like to spend your free time? I like to read, exercise and cook during my free time. Do you currently work or study? If so, what’s your job or what do you study, or what did you study? I’m an advocate to the Campaign and an English Teacher. “Mariane has recently graduated in International Relations in Brazil and is currently working on a Master’s Degree Thesis project about Immigration Detention of Children in Australia. Mariane was born in Brazil and after living for 7 years in the US, she spent 3 weeks at a detention center in New York. You can see her performing in ‘Hear Our Voices’, an initiative of the Global Campaign to End Child Detention.”

Read Mariane Quintão Blog Posts

Mariane at the UN

GENEVA: Today at the United Nations, our Youth Advocate Mariane Quintão made this speech at the 3rd Informal Thematic Session of the Global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. "Detention is no place for a child" says Mariane, "I can affirm that returns are a violent process, stripping children away from their homes, their families, their friends and their communities..." It's so important to have the voices of migrants informing the multi-stakeholder consultations.

Posted by End immigration detention of children on Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Hear Our Voices

Each year on the 10th of December, International Human Rights Day is celebrated all around the world. It is an important reminder to take a moment to listen to the stories of children whose human rights have been violated through the harmful practice of immigration detention.In this video, formally detained children share their stories through performance at the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. It was filmed in 2012 - the year that the Global Campaign to End Child Detention was launched.To find out more about what the campaign has achieved over the last five years, visit

Posted by End immigration detention of children on Monday, 11 December 2017