Our Blog

From Fences To Freedom

How many children are in immigration detention, right now?

One child in immigration detention is one child too many is what we say here at the campaign. But exactly […]

Ending Child Detention in Lebanon

The Global Campaign to End Child Immigration Detention together with Insan Association launched the Lebanese “Next Gen Index” in Beirut, [...]

A Breakthrough as UN Leaders Commit to Work to End Child Immigration Detention

We take a moment to pause and appreciate an advocacy win as the text for the historic UN Global Compact […]

PART 3: It’s Time To Say Goodbye to ‘Last Resort’ Language

An advocate’s reflections on campaigning within a child-rights framework Lilly Carson has been interning with the Global Campaign to End [...]

Relatório Jovem Embaixadora: Índice NexGen Classifica PaÍses Sob a Temática do Fim da Detenção de Crianças

Meu nome é Mariane Quintao. Sou Embaixadora da Campanha Global que propõe o fim da Detenção de Crianças por Questão […]

Youth Report: NextGen Index Ranks States on Ending Child Detention

My name is Mariane Quintao. I am a Youth Ambassador for the Global Campaign to End Child Immigration Detention. I […]

NextGen Index Tracks State Progress on Child Detention – Now Launched!

We are very excited to announce that the NextGen Index is now officially launched! The new Global NextGen index ranks […]

PART 2: Language in ‘Crisis’

An advocate’s reflections on campaigning within a child-rights framework Lilly Carson has been interning with the Global Campaign to End [...]

PART 1: We Need Good Communication to #EndChildDetention

An advocate’s reflections on campaigning within a child-rights framework Lilly Carson has been interning with the Global Campaign to End [...]

Tools for change

We have developed easy-to-use tools to support you to meet with decision makers in your community. Decision makers are individuals who have [...]

NextGen Index Advocacy Tools!

Welcome to the Government Engagement Phase of the Global NextGen Index Scorecard process! Thanks for your invaluable work so far. [...]

It’s time to make noise, people!

As we come to the close of the first round of negotiations in New York on the Global Compact on [...]

NEW Roadmap to #EndChildDetention!

        Download Roadmap PDF HERE Photo credit: Julian Zerressen

Pinar Aksu Interview at European Forum on the Rights of the Child

After being detained in Yarlswood immigration removal centre, Pinar Aksu continued to campaign and speak about detention. She completed an undergraduate [...]

Gholam Hassanpour Testifies at European Forum on the Rights of the Child

My name is Hassanpour Gholam Reza, and I am a former unaccompanied migrant child. Today I’d like to share with […]

World Children’s Day: Hayat’s Story

Hayat is a Youth Ambassador with the Global Campaign to End Child Immigration Detention. World Children’s Day celebrates the humanity [...]

International Day of the Girl! SPOTLIGHT: Pinar Aksu

October 11th, 2017 is International Day of the Girl! This year we celebrate by spotlighting the leadership of Pinar Aksu, [...]

Thank you for #5YEARS of the Global Campaign!

ANNIVERSARY COLLECTIONS Over the past 12 weeks we have been commemorating the five year anniversary of the Global Campaign to [...]

#5YEAR Anniversary Newsletter Collection

  JUNE 5th Next Day of Action! June 12th: 5th Anniversary Campaign JUNE 12th Happy Five Year Anniversary! JUNE 19th #5YEAR Reflections, Gallery [...]

#5YEAR Anniversary Artwork Collection

EXPERIENCES OF CHILDREN IN ALTERNATIVES TO DETENTION .vc_custom_1419258058654{padding-left: 15px !important;background-color: #282828 !important;} July 27, 2017DETENTION – UNITED STATES: Carlos, 16 [...]

#5YEAR Anniversary Blog Collection

.vc_custom_1419258058654{padding-left: 15px !important;background-color: #282828 !important;} November 8, 2018How many children are in immigration detention, right now? October 15, 2018Ending Child [...]

One Little Book Can Lead to a Whole Lot of Change

Much has been written about the wide, open plains of Africa; the stillness, the sense of time, the sense of […]

Children On the Move in the Midst of the EU-Turkey Deal

By Bella Saltiel & Kavita Kapur As a child on the move you get used to living in rough places. ‘There [...]

Belgium to Re-Introduce Child Detention: How You Can Help

Brussels, Belgium - According to plans by the Belgian federal government, a confined immigration facility is being built next door [...]

Youth Advocate Report: Mariane Quintão

My name is Mariane. I am a Youth Advocate for the International Detention Coalition and the Global Campaign to End […]

Pinar Aksu testifies before the PACE Committee on Migration

Monday June 26, 2017 ~ Strasbourg, France ~ Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe ~ Committee on Migration, Refugees & Displaced [...]

For-Profit Child & Family Detention in the United States

Denise Gilman is a clinical professor of law and director of the Immigration Clinic at The University of Texas at [...]

Let’s Talk About Solutions

Around the world we campaign to end the immigration detention of children. And that seems simple enough, right? As campaigners […]

Words Make a Difference

Let’s face it, who makes laws and how they are made is fairly obscure, so the idea that we can [...]

Mariane Quintao Testifies at Session on UN Compacts

Mariane Quintao ~ Testimony ~ United Nations Human Rights Council ~ Geneva, Switzerland ~ June 20, 2017 Good afternoon everyone. My name [...]

#5YEAR Reflections & New Directions

Politics of hate is rising when compassion, love and understanding is most needed. Our challenge today is to shift this [...]

Using Art to Inspire Social Change

This blog post is part of the Five Year Anniversary Series commemorating the Global Campaign to End Child Immigration Detention. […]

Gholam Hassanpour testifies at the UN Human Rights Council

 Gholam Reza Hassanpour ~ Testimony ~ United Nations Human Rights Council ~ Geneva, Switzerland ~ June 9, 2017 Good afternoon [...]

Country Profile: The United States

The United States has the world's largest immigration detention system The U.S. government operates over 200 immigration detention facilities across the country. [...]

Billboard Campaign

In 2014, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the CRC, which Thailand is a signatory to, we shared this campaign [...]

Commemorating Our 5th Anniversary

This year in June the Global Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children will be marking our 5 year anniversary [...]

Commemorating Our 5th Anniversary

This year in June the Global Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children will be marking our 5 year anniversary [...]

US Executive Orders are cruel, misguided, and illegal

Three executive orders issued this week by U.S. President Donald Trump have significant and terrible implications for immigration detention of [...]

Children and families should never be in immigration detention – UN experts

GENEVA (14 December 2016) – Governments should stop placing children and families in immigration detention, a group of UN human […]

Urging EU Leadership to Protect Migrant Children

Protecting Migrant Children is the topic of this year’s European Forum on the Rights of the Child, taking place Nov […]

University of Toronto – Faculty of Law

Established in 1887, the Faculty of Law is one of the oldest professional faculties at the University of Toronto, with […]

SHERPA (CSSS)

SHERPA is the research center of the CSSS de la Montagne. The work, reflections and new practices developed SHERPA combine […]

A Step Backwards from Leaders at the UN High Level Summit

Today the High Level Summit (HLS) of the UN General Assembly to address large movements of refugees and migrants takes place in […]

Significant Data on Child Detention

Collecting statistics on the number of children in immigration detention is no easy feat. Very few Governments collect and publish [...]

UN Leaders Miss the Mark on Child Detention

World leaders must live up to their commitments to ensure that the rights of children are upheld. In adopting a [...]

Belgium Reprimanded by Court Over Child Detention

The State Council has critiqued the Belgian Government for its use of immigration detention for children. Belgium law, passed in […]

Get Involved in Our Next Day of Action

We're getting ready to mobilise around this International Migrants Day - December 18. In the lead up to International Migrants [...]

Show your support for Team Refugee

At a time when more than 65 million people are displaced, many of them children, the participation of a Refugee […]

Recommended Principles for Child Migrants

Actions speak louder than words. These nine principles help guide decisions being made about child migrants. They are an important reminder […]

Upcoming International Events Highlighting Child Detention

2016 is shaping up to be a critical year for States to commit to ending child detention. There are three […]

Innovative Tool Shows Government Position on Child Detention

If you could ask your local government if they think their country should end the immigration detention of children would [...]

Time for Change: Switzerland to Find Alternatives to Detention

A seminar on alternatives to the immigration detention of children took place on 16 June in the Swiss parliament, in […]

Why we must save the IACHR

This week, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announced a severe financial crisis that could lead to their collapse […]

“End Child Detention” United Nations Secretary General

This week the UN Secretary General shared his much-anticipated report In safety and dignity: addressing large movements of refugees and […]

I’m making a difference in the way I know how

Ending immigration detention of all children – it’s personal As a former refugee who came to Australia as an infant, [...]

End Child Detention: COE Parliamentary Campaign

  A statement for international migrants day from Ms. Doris Fiala, General Rapporteur for the Campaign by the Council of […]

Mexico includes non-detention of migrant children in regulations for new child rights law

On December 2, 2015, the Mexican government took an important step forward in guaranteeing migrant children’s right to freedom by […]

UN Secretary General calls for promotion of Alternatives to Detention for Children

The Universal Children’s Day address on 20 November 2015 from Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations was a call […]

El Salvador Officials call for Freedom!

Memories of Childhood: El Salvador Officials call for Freedom! from End Child Detention on Vimeo   There are more than [...]

Video Animation Challenges Criminalisation of Migrants

Guest Blog by Elisabeth Schmidt-Hieber, Communications Officer and Lilana Keith, Interim Programmes Director, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants [...]

Central American Girls in Crisis: A dangerous journey that ends in detention

  Guest blog entry written by The Women's Refugee Commission   Targeted by gangs and unprotected by their governments, many [...]

Central American Girls in Crisis: A dangerous journey that ends in detention

  Guest blog entry written by The Women's Refugee Commission   Targeted by gangs and unprotected by their governments, many [...]

Central American Children Seeking Refuge

  Translated from original post in Spanish written by guest blogger Natalia del Cid   Living in Central America is a daily [...]

Roundtable: Solutions for Migrant Children

Where: Council of Europe, Strasbourg When: Strasbourg, 30 September from 14.00 to 15.30 Europe is facing unprecedented numbers of migrants seeking protection, […]

Panel Event: Protecting the Liberty of Migrant Children & Families

  Where: 2nd Floor of the Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN), 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY (located at […]

Freedom for the children of the Northern Triangle

Freedom takes various forms in our lives : personal freedom, freedom of movement, freedom of expression, and the list goes [...]

Child Detention Exhibit at the United Nations

An exhibit on the impact of detention on children and families will be held in the United Nations Palais des Nations [...]

How to take the ‘rant’ out of migrant (and regain your trust in humanity)

  Last week in my home country, Australia, one of the newspapers opened up a Facebook dialogue with a refugee, Khadim [...]

Trafficking Victims at High Risk of Detention

Photo: Rehema Baya Guest Blog by Sophie Otiende A few weeks ago we were called by a group of grassroots activists [...]

“No Sanctuary” Documentary Screening in Mexico

The expansion of family detention in the US is a misguided response to a regional problem: large numbers of children [...]

Beyond Numbers

Mariane Quintão shares her personal story of detention as a child I´m writing this blog to share my experience and [...]

Why Detention is No Place for Families and How We Can End It

  Text by guest blogger Clarissa Perkins Photo by LIRS.org.    “Mommy no, mommy no.” The little boy curled up on [...]

Locking Up Kids and Moms Can’t be the Answer

  Text by guest blogger Clara Long Photo Omar Ortega, COAMI A.C. “We came here seeking refuge, and they are […]

Locking Up Kids and Moms Can’t be the Answer

    Text by guest blogger Clara Long Photo by Omar Ortega, COAMI A.C.   “We came here seeking refuge, [...]

Cipotes, patojos and escuincles: They’re all still children

Text and photos by guest blogger Vicki B. Gaubeca     Last summer, I met a young woman from Honduras—I’ll [...]

New Video: One Story, Two Endings

This is the tale of two children, forced to leave their homes without their family, and unable to provide the [...]

Closing the Chapter on Child Detention

Today marks a historic commitment. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is launching the Campaign to End Immigration […]

Council of Europe Launch

In a historic commitment, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is launching the Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children. It […]

CLOSING THE CHAPTER ON CHILD DETENTION

  The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has launched a Parlimentary Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children. It [...]

UN Expert: States Should Immediately End the Immigration Detention of Children

A UN Expert has found that the immigration detention of children is a violation of child rights, and is “cruel, inhuman […]

It’s Happening: A Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty

Detained children cannot participate in many of the regular activities of childhood Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty The United [...]

Dibujos y Mensajes de Niñ@s Migrantes / Drawings and Messages from Migrant Children

El Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Matías de Córdova coordinó una exposición de dibujos y mensajes hechos por  niños, niñas y [...]

Exhibit at the UN

The United States has the world's largest immigration detention system The U.S. government operates over 200 immigration detention facilities across [...]

There are no nice people in prison

Kaluma is a 16 year old boy from Burundi who served a 3 month jail sentence in Nairobi for being […]

Event stream: Ending Child and Family Detention

[NEW YORK, UNITED STATES] Advocates from international and local organizations and migrant children and families will gather in front of […]

Petición y Muro Interactivo / Petition and Interactive Wall

Petición y Muro Interactivo Varias organizaciones mexicanas realizaron una conferencia de prensa para entregar más de 34,000 firmas en una petición para garantizar [...]

Panel sobre niños migrantes / Panel on Migrant Children

Panel: “Niñez migrante: un rostro vulnerable de la crisis humanitaria de México y Centro América” Un panel de expertos presentaron sobre [...]

Child Rights Day

One in every four people detained in Indonesia is a child. The Global Campaign launched in Indonesia by holding a booth [...]

#Free The Children Social Action

Hundreds of children will spend tonight locked away in an Australian Immigration detention centre. However thanks to a unique action in [...]

University Awareness Raising

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, a university awareness program will […]

Screening Animation on Child Detention

The Invisible Picture show, an award winning documentary about the experience of immigration detention for a child, will be shown […]

Child migrants: their rights, our duty – radio program

ITALY: On thd 18th of November Radio Vatican hosted a program on unaccompanied child migrants in Europe. It featured: • Msgr. [...]

Short film launch & petition

One out of every five people detained in Poland are children.  The report, Still behind Bars, Report on the Monitoring of Guarded [...]

Inter-American Court of Human Rights strongly against child detention

  The Inter-American Court of Human Rights recently made clear in an Advisory Opinion on the Rights of Children in […]

Conference on Unaccompanied Children

A conference was held on the 20 November in order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the [...]

Films & Panel: Child Detention in Asia

BANGKOK, Thailand, November 20 – While many people today celebrate to mark the 25th Anniversary of the UN Convention on [...]

Family Detention to Freedom

Academics and civil society groups organised a panel and reception to showcase recent reports on child and family detention in [...]

Liberty for Children

From November 20, Uganda's Refugee Law Project reached out to Ugandans across Kampala and many other areas of Uganda, putting [...]

Liberty for Children

From November 20, Uganda's Refugee Law Project reached out to Ugandans across Kampala and many other areas of Uganda, putting [...]

Drawings By Themselves: A Self-Portrait of America

Children have a right to family life. A multi-media project featuring the artwork and stories of children and their parents in [...]

Roundtable: Practical Alternatives to Border Detention

During the roundtable discussion on the topic of migration on the 20th of November 2014 the question was discussed: ‘How […]

Children First and Foremost

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Campaign to End Child Detention [...]

Ending Child Detention

Caritas supports the Global Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children. Leeanne Torpey, from the International Detention Coalition, explains in […]