As our network has expanded, we have mobilized around the demand for States to adopt child-friendly, humane, non-custodial and community-based alternatives to detention. We have witnessed the impact of our campaigning in a number of ways. Notably, the New York Declaration in September 2016, in which every UN Member State made a commitment to end child detention, delivering a clear political platform for our campaign. Our campaigning has also impacted international law, which now clearly reflects our position that the detention of all migrant children, even as a last resort, is a child rights violation.
Although our campaign has made progress, many States continue to lock up children and their families, simply for not having the right documentation. The global landscape for policy change on child rights has come to a critical turning point. We have international law on our side and we have a commitment from the international policy making community. Our job now is to coordinate globally, in order to mobilise with the most strategic impact to make change a reality. Now is the time for the campaign to encourage its supporters and partners to put pressure on their national governments to take action towards ending child detention, once and for all.