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Act of solidarity calls for an end to immigration detention

Act of solidarity calls for an end to immigration detention   United in the belief that immigration detention is not [...]

How IDC Defines ‘Alternatives to Detention’

How IDC Defines ‘Alternatives to Detention’   Even though the phrase ‘alternatives to detention’ is present in numerous international human [...]

Latest Evidence for Ending Family Detention

Latest Evidence for Ending Family Detention Written by Dr. Robyn Sampson Senior Advisor, International Detention Coalition The program demonstrates that [...]

Children Dying in Detention in US & Mexico

Children Dying in Detention in US & Mexico The deaths of children held in immigration detention were unnecessary and are [...]

IMPORTANT: Call for Inputs on Immigration Detention

  WHAT: The Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families has [...]

Nuevo curso en línea sobre alternativas

¡AHORA EN ESPAÑOL! Presentamos el curso completo sobre las Alternativas a la Detención Migratoria El curso es parte del Kit [...]

México puede evitar la detención ante el desplazamiento forzado masivo

Propuesta de acción para asegurar que la detención migratoria no sea utilizada para este grupo en situación de vulnerabilidad

An Opportunity for the New Administration in Mexico

More than 90,000 people were held in immigration detention in Mexico in 2017, a policy that has been shown to [...]

Concerns Immigration Detention Could Increase in US / Mexico Funding Agreement

The US Government announced it will provide $20 million in foreign assistance funds  to the Mexican government to pay plane and

Migrant Protection Council as Opportunity to Strengthen Human Rights Protection in Guatemala 

A training session was held by the IDC team and its members for representatives of various ministries that are mandated [...]

Focusing on Right to Personal Liberty in Guatemala 

  Our IDC team facilitated a strategy session with the Procuraduría de Derechos Humanos (PDH) in Guatemala on protecting the [...]

Guatemala: Individualized Screening for Returned Migrant Children

  This event in Quetzaltenango focused on capacity building for child protection authorities responsible for the reception and referrals of [...]

Detention is NOT the Solution: US Plan to Lock-up Children Indefinitely

Within a couple of weeks of the US government announcing its ‘zero tolerance policy on illegal entry on

Experts warn Mexico cannot take on US asylum seekers

On May 22, 2018, the IDC joined member and partner organizations in speaking out against a possible agreement between Mexico and [...]

Call for Trinidad & Tobago to Use Alternatives to Detention

On the weekend of April 22, Trinidad and Tobago deported  82 Venezuelan nationals, some of whom were registered asylum seekers. [...]

Mexico City NGOs & Family Welfare Department Sign Collaboration Agreement

  Four IDC member organisations and allies of the IDC signed an agreement with the System for the Integral Development [...]

3 years of the Brazil Plan of Action: Evaluating State Commitments

IDC members and partners have contributed to national and regional advocacy that has resulted in important government commitments relating to

Civil Society Calls for Humane Migration Policies in Argentina 

One year after a Decree announcing more restrictive immigration policy and representing a huge setback in terms of regional and [...]

10 ways the Trump administration has impacted immigration detention

One year on from the U.S. Presidential election, we look at the impacts that the Trump administration’s policies on immigration [...]

Arbitrary Detention a Focus of CMW Report on Mexico and Ecuador

The UN Committee on the Rights of Migrant Workers has published findings on Mexico and Ecuador as two of the

Expanding Alternatives to Detention in the Americas

More evidence is urgently needed about the use of alternatives to detention in the Americas. Successful Programs in El Salvador,

Stakeholders evaluate ATD implementation in Mexico

On July 13 and 14, 2017, stakeholders from the government, civil society and international organisations working in Mexico came together [...]

Making Alternatives Work: Global Implementers Workshop

There is a growing interest from both government and civil society stakeholders in exploring more reliable, cost-effective alternatives to detention in order to address the human rights and humanitarian concerns and resource constraints associated with detention.

UN Experts Seek Submissions on the Human Rights of Migrant Children

This is reposted from OHCHR, please find the original post here
CMW-CRC Joint General Comment on the Human Rights of

IDC Publishes Comprehensive Report on Immigration Detention and Alternatives in the Americas

“What do we hope for the future?” is the central question of the new report on policies and practices in immigration detention and alternatives to detention in the Americas.

Regional Dialogue Looks to Translate Commitments to Results

The Regional Dialogue brought together diverse stakeholders to evaluate current compliance of State commitments and take steps towards effective immigration policy.

Save the Date : IDC Annual Member Meeting June 16

Members at the IDC Annual Member Meeting 2016
Our annual member meeting will be held at the International Conference

Webinar: Cómo contribuir al Estudio Global sobre las Niñas y Niños Privados de la Libertad

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Cada día, miles de niños, niñas y adolescentes son privados de la libertad simplemente por no contar

Argentina: Concerning step backward in immigration policy

For over 10 years, Argentina’s immigration law has been upheld as a positive example both regionally and internationally. However, a decree was announced that replaces the law with more restrictive migration policy, representing a concerning step backward in terms of international and regional human rights commitments.

10 Ways the Trump Executive Orders Will Impact Immigration Detention

Since taking office, U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a number of Executive Orders related to border security, refugee and [...]

UNHCR Issue Brief clarifies position on ending child immigration detention

The IDC welcomes this update on UNHCR’s position on the detention of children in the context of immigration. As a

How to Get Involved In the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty

Around the world, an unknown number of children are deprived of their liberty every year. Such detention often occurs in [...]

Trump’s Executive Orders Denounced: Detention is Not the Solution

IDC members in the United States and across the world have uniformly spoken out against the executive orders issued this past week by U.S. President Donald Trump.

“Detención sin Excepción”-15 años de monitoreo a los centros de detención en México

Felicitación a Sin Fronteras a propósito de la presentación del Informe “Detención sin Excepción”, que presenta 15 años de trabajo

Roundtable on the Protection of Child Migrants in Mexico

IDC, together with member organization IMUMI coordinated a government-sponsored Expert Roundtable and Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Key Issues in the Protection of Child Migrants and Refugees in Mexico.

Caribbean Workshop on Alternatives to Detention

The IDC held the first regional workshop on alternatives to detention in the Caribbean on September 27th -29th. The workshop

Steps towards Alternatives to Detention in Canada

The Canadian government is undertaking reform of their immigration detention system including exploring alternatives to detention and reviewing the detention

UNHCR Beyond Detention Global Strategy Progress Report: Americas Highlights

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released their baseline and progress report of the Beyond Detention [...]

Argentina proposes creation of immigration detention center

The official announcement was met with concern from civil society, who criticized the measure as a step backwards for

No more detention and border closures; There are alternatives

Detention has been widely used throughout North America as an immigration control tool, often in misguided attempts to deter future

IDC ATD Workshop for Regional Advisors – June 2016 London, UK

On 19 and 20 June 2016, the IDC ran its first ever alternatives to detention workshop designed specifically

2016 IDC Annual Member Meeting

IDC members from around the world attended our 2016 Annual Member Meeting this year, held on June 14th in Geneva. The

Why we must save the IACHR

This week, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announced a severe financial crisis that could lead

Nominations Open: Award for Judgement on the Human Rights of Migrants

The search is on!
Across the Americas region we seek the best judgement that provides the right to access to

Relator sobre Derechos de Migrantes lanza el manual Existen Alternativas

“La libertad personal debe volver a ser la regla,” declaró el Comisionado Enrique Gil Botero, Relator sobre los Derechos de los Migrantes, de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH)…

IACHR Rapporteur on Migrants’ Rights helps launch There Are Alternatives

“Personal liberty must become the rule,” asserted Commissioner Enrique Gil Botero, Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Liberty was the main message in the Commissioner’s keynote address…

Uso de perfiles raciales para detener a migrantes en República Dominicana

Foto © CIDH, del album sobre la visita in loco a República Domincana
En su reciente Informe sobre

GDP Publishes New Detention Profiles on Guatemala and Belize

The Global Detention Project (GDP), a non-profit research center based in Geneva, Switzerland has published two new detention profiles outlining

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 directly prohibiting immigration detention of children in the official regulations for the National Child Rights Law […]

Americas November News Roundup

This is a compilation of the tweets by the Americas Regional Coordinator of the International Detention Coalition. For live updates, follow @IDCAmericas

ATD advocacy and implementation workshops in Mexico

Representatives from 25 IDC member and partner organizations that work in more than 12 cities across Mexico participated in

Americas September-October News Roundup

This is a compilation of the tweets by the Americas Regional Coordinator of the International Detention Coalition. For live updates, follow @IDCAmericas 

Canada: Court of Appeal Issues Important Decision to Challenge Detention

The Ontario Court of Appeal has rendered an important decision on the issue of the

IACHR concerned about 67% increase in immigration detention in Mexico

From September 28 to October 2, 2015, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) conducted an on-site visit to Mexico in order to observe the country’s current human rights situation.Upon completing the visit, the Commission confirmed that Mexico is facing a “serious human rights crisis” and expressed concern regarding a 67% increase in immigration detention, from 2013 to date. […]

CIDH preocupa por incremento del 67% de detenciones en México

Del 28 de septiembre al 2 de octubre de 2015, la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) realizó una visita in loco a México para observar en terreno la situación de derechos humanos en el país. Al terminar su visita, la CIDH declaró que México está viviendo una “grave crisis de derechos humanos” y expresó su preocupación por el incremento del 67% de detenciones por motivos migratorios, desde el 2013 a lo que va del 2015. […]

Judge Orders Release of Immigrant Children Detained by the US

A significant ruling the US.
A federal judge in California has ruled that US detention of immigrant children and their mothers

News Roundup August 2015

Regional News

Elba Coria, Regional Associate Americas Office
Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos expresa preocupación sobre deportaciones arbitrarias

“Visions from the Inside” Illustrates the Courageous Stories of Detained Migrants in the US

From July 27 through August 14, 2015, CultureStrike, a national pro­migrant arts organization, released illustrations based on letters written by detained

Improved Protection Screening for Unaccompanied Children at U.S.-Mexico Border

Written by Jennifer Podkul of the Women’s Refugee Commission (an IDC member organization): For years the Women’s Refugee Commission has documented the U.S. government’s shortcomings in protecting unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, in particular, the failure of border agents to screen migrant children for protection needs. […]

Regional Report on Monitoring Visits to Immigration Detention Centers in Mexico Highlights Need for Alternatives

On July 21st 2015, organizations in Mexico presented the report Derechos Cautivos (Captive Rights), which includes findings from their monitoring visits at seven immigration detention centers in Mexico. This is the first regional report on monitoring visits to immigration detention centers in the country, and it documents concerning national trends in the practice of depriving migrants of their personal freedom. […]

Nuevo informe regional sobre monitoreo de centros de detención migratoria en México destaca necesidad de alternativas

El 21 de julio, se realizó la presentación del informe Derechos Cautivos, donde se detalla los hallazgos del monitoreo de siete centros de detención migratoria en México. El informe es la primera colaboración regional de monitoreo de centros de detención migratoria en el país y documenta problemáticas comunes, preocupantes en la privación de la libertad de personas migrantes. […]

Americas Roundup July

México-Ecuador: Los retos de la movilidad humana en el siglo XXI, Diálogo interparlamentario; “Visions from the Inside” Illustrates the Courageous Stories of Detained Migrants at the Karnes Detention Center; Court Rules Against DHS Child Detention Policy; What are babies doing behind bars in Canada? […]

US: IDC Members and Partners Want to End Family Detention, Not Simply Limit It

On July 13, 2015, the US government announced that it would begin releasing families from immigration detention who had demonstrated credible fear of returning to their home countries. The announcement comes after various proposals to reduce family detention. But, despite such announcements–which include proposals that range from release on bond to providing information to families about their rights and responsibilities–many IDC members and partners have responded that the ultimate solution still must be a complete and immediate end to family detention. […]

Miembros y socios de IDC en EE.UU. exigen erradicar la detención de familias, no sólo reducirla

El 13 de julio 2015 el gobierno de los Estados Unidos anunció que empezará a liberar a familias migrantes que han mostrado un temor válido de regresar a sus países de origen. Pero a pesar de estos anuncios –que también incluyen desde la liberación bajo fianza hasta proveer información a las familias sobres sus derechos—muchas organizaciones, miembros y socias de IDC, respondieron que lo que realmente se requiere es la erradicación completa e inmediata de la detención de familias migrantes. […]

NIJC Wins Award for the Advancement of Human Rights

Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director of the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), an IDC Member organisation based in Chicago, will receive

2015 Reunión Anual de Miembros de IDC

GINEBRA (30 Julio 2015) – Más de 50 miembros asistieron a la reunión anual de miembros del IDC, este año.
La reunión se

New Reports Call for Alternatives to Detention in Canada

June 2015  – Researchers made a strong call to develop and implement alternatives to detention in Canada, as part of the recommendations

Americas News Roundup June

Locking up immigrants for profit
Migración de niños hondureños ha subido en un 50%
Peligra programa de refugiados

CRC Recommends Mexico End Child Detention and Establish Community Shelters

“The Committee recommends that the State party take all necessary measures to end the administrative detention of migrant children and

Comité de la ONU exige a México parar detenciones de niños migrantes y crear albergues en la comunidad

“El Comité recomienda que el Estado tome todas las medidas necesarias para eliminar la detención administrativa de niños migrantes y

Regional Forum: Freedom of Movement, International Protection, and Integration

Photo credit: Asylum Access Latin America International Detention Coalition (IDC) members and partners participated in a Regional Forum on Freedom [...]

IACHR Annual Report Urges States to End Immigration Detention and Implement Alternatives

“Programs that emphasize alternatives to detention provide a more balanced way for States to ensure compliance with immigration laws ”

Informe Anual de la CIDH recomienda eliminar la detención migratoria e implementar alternativas

mayo de 2015 – La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) anunció la publicación de su Informe Anual 2014, donde

Americas News Roundup April – May


México y Triángulo del Norte, indiferentes ante cerrazón migratoria de EU: experto
Causas que generaron la

Foro Regional: la Libre Movilidad, la Protección Internacional y los Procesos de Integración

Foto por Asylum Access América Latina
Miembros y socios de la Coalición Internacional contra la Detención participaron en

2ª Mesa Redonda Global sobre Alternativas a la Detención

Del 20 a 22 de abril de 2015, se realizó la segunda mesa redonda donde representantes de gobiernos

¿Puede la detención disuadir futura migración?

abril 2015 – El IDC presentó un documento informativo (briefing paper) que recopila los hallazgos de varios estudios internacionales sobre

La Detención Migratoria en México Restringe el Acceso a Protección Internacional de los Niños

El nuevo informe del Instituto de Derechos Humanos de Georgetown Law destaca las numerosas consecuencias de depender de la detención

Immigration Detention in Mexico Limits Children’s Access to International Protection

A new report released by the Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute highlights the many consequences of relying on immigration detention

UNHCR Preparing 2nd Global Roundtable on Alternatives to Detention

GENEVA (8 April 2015) – The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is busy preparing the

Americas News Roundup March

Private Prisions for Immigrant Families Grow Despite Court Ruling Against “Detention as Deterrance”

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Nuevos Asesores Regionales para las Américas

Nos es grato anunciar que el IDC cuenta con tres nuevos Asesores Regionales para las Américas. Son:

Karina Sarmiento,

New Regional Advisors in the Americas

We are proud to announce that the Americas region now has three new Regional Advisors. They are:

Karina Sarmiento,

Experto de la ONU: Los Estados deben poner un alto inmediato a la detención de niños migrantes

El IDC reafirma la recomendación del Relator Especial de la ONU sobre Tortura que llama a los Estados a poner

Corte de EUA Afirma que Disuasión y ‘Seguridad Nacional’ NO Justifican la Detención

El 20 de febrero del 2015, una corte federal ordenó un alto inmediato a la práctica de detener a familias migrantes

US Court says Deterrence and ‘National Security’ do NOT Justify Detention

On February 20, 2015, a Federal Court ordered an immediate end to the practice of detaining children and families solely

Americas News Roundup February

Migrant kids will flood the U.S. again, but the real crisis may hit south of the border

Estudio Destaca la Detención como Problemática Creciente Regional

El estudio Niñez y migración en América Central y América del Norte: Causas, políticas, prácticas y desafíos  destaca la detención migratoria como

Inhumane conditions of detention in the Bahamas: IACHR

The The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has released a press release stating that the conditions of immigration detention in

CIDH emite medidas cautelares sobre condiciones de detención en Bahamas

CIDH emite medidas cautelares sobre condiciones de detención en el Centro de Detención Migratoria Charmichael, en Bahamas.
La decisión adoptada

Apertura de Registros para las Consultas Anuales con Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil por ACNUR

GINEBRA (17 de febrero) – Cada año más de 300 representantes de todo el mundo asisten a las Consultas Anuales

Registration Opening Soon for UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs

GENEVA (17 February) – Every year over 300 representatives from around the world attend UNHCR’s Annual Consultations with NGOs in

Shining a spotlight on the Caribbean: Seeking Support for First Comprehensive Report on Caribbean Migration Detention

Written by IDC Regional Advisor for the Caribbean Veronica B.Y. Aragón, Deputy Director of the International Human Rights Clinic of Loyola

IACHR Requests Information on Immigration Detention

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has put out a request for information on immigration detention as part of [...]

CIDH Solicita Información sobre Detención Migratoria

La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) solicita información sobre la detención migratoria como parte del cuestionario para la elaboración de [...]

Americas News Roundup December & January

Relatoría sobre los derechos de los migrantes, Comisión Interamericana de los Derechos Humanos, CIDH
‘It was cold, very cold’: migrant

USCCB Chairman Decries Opening of Family Detention Center in Dilley, Texas, Proposes More Humane Alternatives to Detention for Vulnerable Families

Families are traumatized from journey
Detention not a tool

IPPDH del MERCOSUR emite nueva guía de la Opinión Consultiva OC-21

SAN JOSÉ (6 de diciembre de 2014) – El 19 de agosto de 2014, la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos(CIDH)

MERCOSUR Institute issues new guide to Advisory Opinion OC-21

SAN JOSÉ (6 December 2014) – On 19 August 2014 the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) issued its groundbreaking Advisory

Cartagena +30: Declaración de Brasil incluye la no detención y alternativas

Las celebración del 30 Aniversario de la Declaración de Cartagena concluye con la Declaración y el Plan de Acción

Cartagena +30: Brazil Declaration calls for non-detention and alternatives

Commemorating  the +30 Cartagena Anniversary, the Brazil Declaration and Plan of Action was adopted by governments of Latin America and

Grupos conmemoran el 25° aniversario de la CDN mediante el llamado urgente de poner fin a la detención migratoria de niños, niñas y adolescentes

NUEVA YORK – Veinte y cinco años atrás la Convención sobre los Derechos del Niño de las
Naciones Unidas (CDN)

Americas News Roundup October & November

This is a compilation of news from the tweets of the IDC Americas Regional Co-ordinator. Follow here for live news. Regional:  New [...]

IDC Side Events Held at the IACHR

Regional Trends: the protection and welfare of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees throughout the Americas region Three recent, collaborative and [...]

IDC Members Highlight Detention at the IACHR

IDC joined members Asylum Access Ecuador, Sin Fronteras, Centro de Derechos Humanos, Fray Matias de Cordova, la Red Regional de

IDC remarca alternativas a la detención migratoria para la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

WASHINGTON D.C. –La Coalición Internacional contra la Detención (IDC, por sus siglas en inglés), conjuntamente con 162 co-peticionarios presentaron sus preocupaciones

IDC Outlines Immigration Detention and Alternatives to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights


WASHINGTON D.C. – The International Detention Coalition (IDC), together with 162 co-petitioners presented concerns about the use and practice

IDC Press Release: IDC Outlines Immigration Detention and Alternatives to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Over 160 IDC member and partner organizations join a thematic hearing to highlight the growing use and concern over immigration

Noticia: IDC Plantea ante la Comisión Interamericana las Alternativas a la Detención por Razones Migratorias

Más de 160 miembros y redes socias de la Coalición Internacional contra la Detención se unen en la audiencia temática

CRC 25th Anniversary

GENEVA (6 October 2014) – This year marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights

Detention news roundup September – Americas

Family detention
More than 160 groups, including several IDC Members, speak out against the US expansion of family detention

Upcoming: regional thematic hearing on immigration detention

The 153rd period of sessions of the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights to be held from October 23 to November

Interamerican Commission monitors conditions for children and families on US border

A joint delegation from the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Migrants and on the Rights of the Child of the

Caribbean Civil Society Calls for Alternatives to Detention in Cartagena+30 Meetings

On September 8th and 9th, the International Detention Coalition joined representatives from civil society organisations across the Caribbean to

Corte Interamericana pronuncia que la detención de niños, niñas y adolescentes por motivos migratorios siempre es arbitraria

CIUDAD DE MEXICO (6 October 2014) – El pasado 10 de septiembre la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos publicó la

Inter-American Court finds that the immigration detention of children is always arbitrary

MEXICO CITY (6 October 2014) – On September 10 the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued Advisory Opinion-21 (OC-21)

Americas News Round Up July / August

The United States announces they are reinstating family detention.
A landmark ruling in the US recognises domestic violence victims for asylum claims.

Detención de niños, niñas y adolescentes: Una nueva alianza internacional

GINEBRA (2 Septiembre 2014) –
In English
Se crea el Grupo de Trabajo Interinstitucional para la Erradicación de la Detención de Niños, Niñas y

Child detention: a new international alliance

GENEVA (2 September 2014) –
En Español
The impact of immigration detention on refugee, asylum seeker and migrant children

CIDH exhorta que alternativas a la detención sea la regla y no la excepción en México

En su informe sobre México, la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos reconoce la detención por motivos migratorios como uno de los principales factores que contribuye a las violaciones a derechos humanos en el país. La Comisión insta que las alternativas a la detención requieren ser fortalecidas y aplicadas como la regla y no como la excepción. Leer más…

IACHR asserts that alternatives to detention should be the rule in Mexico

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights report on Mexico highlights immigration detention as a primary contributor to human rights violations in the country. The Commission asserts that alternatives to detention must be strengthened and applied as the rule and not as the exception. Read more…

Niños, niñas y adolescentes migrantes necesitan una solución regional

Números sin precedentes de niños, niñas y adolescentes migrando sin su tutor legal están siendo aprehendidos en América del Norte.

Press Release: Migrant children need a regional solution

Unprecedented numbers of children migrating without their legal guardian are being apprehended in North America. The International Detention Coalition (IDC) calls for urgent regional dialogue and a coordinated response, one that is based on guaranteeing the rights of these children and responsibly protecting their well being before, during and after the migration process.

Mass exodus of migrant children highlights need for regional solution

Stories of gang violence, abuse and persecution told by migrant children fleeing their homes in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico to make the perilous journey through Mexico to the United States have gripped the media this month. IDC expresses its concern about reports of US government actions and funding targeted at expanding immigration detention, while NGO and media reports show that the immediate humanitarian situation is increasing daily. IDC also urges Mexico to acknowledge its important role and prioritize the safety and care of migrant children within its borders.

Alternatives to Detention included in Mexico’s Immigration Plan

The federal government’s commitment to ‘strengthening alternatives to detention for foreigners in estaciones migratorias [detention centers], particularly regarding vulnerable groups’ is one of the greatest achievements of the PEM.

México incluye Alternativas a la Detención en el Programa Especial de Migración

Uno de los grandes logros y avances del PEM es el compromiso del gobierno federal en “fortalecer medidas alternativas al alojamiento de las personas extranjeras en estaciones migratorias, en particular de personas en situación de vulnerabilidad.”

Participating in Cartagena +30

This November marks 30 years since the adoption of the Cartagena Declaration on Refugees, Latin America’s most progressive and comprehensive policy on refugees, as well as displaced and stateless persons.

Expert roundtable on adolescent migrants in Mexico

In Mexico, more than 6000 children migrants were detained in 2012.
Of these, seven out of ten traveled alone.

Interamerican Commission explores regional approaches to refugees

The Interamerican Commission on Human Rights focuses on refugees
As part of the 149th period of the Interamerican Commission

Momentum for US Immigration Reform Builds

An estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently reside in the United States, and in recent years, the US government has

Canadian Roundtable on Alternatives to Detention

On 24 October, 2013, the UNHCR office in Canada organized a Roundtable on alternatives to detention held in Vancouver, British

Momentum for US Immigration Reform Builds

See full story from IDC Member, the Women’s Refugee Commission here
An estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently

Suprema Corte de México realiza Foro sobre los Derechos de Personas Migrantes y Acceso a la Justicia

El 21 de octubre del 2013, la Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (SCJN) de México, en colaboración con

Mexico’s Supreme Court Holds Forum on Migrants’ Rights and Access to Justice

On October 21, 2013 Mexico’s Supreme Court, in collaboration with Sin Fronteras I.A.P. and other civil society organizations, held a

Americas regional workshop

Alternatives to Detention in Central America
On September 11 and 12, in Guatemala City, the International Detention Coalition (IDC)

IDC Americas Workshop

The IDC will hold its 2nd Regional Workshop in the Americas on 11-12 September 2013 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Following on

IDM Americas news August 2013

Panama is one of relatively few countries in Latin America that implements systematic mandatory immigration detention for irregular migrants for

Americas IDM content June 2013

IDC Americas Regional Coordinator, Gisele Bonnici and IDC Programme Officer Elba Coria feature on Rompia TV after presenting report “Dignity without exception“.

IDC Americas visits Canada

IDC members from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica and Ecuador joined members from other regions at the annual

UNHCR-IOM Caribbean Regional Conference

IDC participated in UNHCR-IOM Caribbean Regional Conference on the Protection of Vulnerable Persons in Mixed Migration Flows: Promoting Cooperation and

Dignity without exception: alternatives to immigration detention in Mexico

In partnership with regional representative Sin Fronteras, new research has been launched in Mexico that contributes to the

Canadian Council for Refugees: CCR decries dramatic drop in refugees resettled to Canada

“The Canadian Council for Refugees today expressed its deep disappointment at the dramatic decrease in the number of refugees resettled

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service: Immigration detention: Time for change (LIRS BLOG)

Linda Hartke, author of blog ‘Redefining Welcome’, presents an interview by Luke Telander, program Associate for Outreach at Lutheran Immigration

Americas Regional News: IDC Collaboration with Argentina and Mexico Produces New Report

Over the past two years, IDC members and human rights centers in Mexico and Argentina have collaborated on the most

National Immigrant Justice Center- Press Release: DHS Releases Prison Rape Elimination Act Regulations for Detained Immigrants

“Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) welcomes the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) release of proposed Prison Rape Elimination

Amnesty International: Americas: New Amnesty report shows increased targetting and attacks on human rights defenders in Latin America

Amnesty International has released a new report stating that human rights defenders in Latin America are facing increasing levels of

ACLU: Immigrants and citizens sue L.A. County for illegal detentions

“Six people have brought a landmark class-action lawsuit against Sheriff Baca and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) on

Americas: Global campaign focuses on Mexico for the month of November

View ‘End child detention in Mexico’ – campaign clip from End Child Detention on Vimeo.
The Global Campaign to End

Considering the need for comprehensive work on behalf of migrants and regarding immigration detention in the Americas

Considering the need for comprehensive work on behalf of migrants and regarding immigration detention. See article in Spanish below.

Presentation to Special Rapporteur on Migrants’ Rights by Brazil & Argentina on occasion of 20th Session of Human Rights Council

Please find below a copy of the presentation to the Special Rapporteur on Migrants’ Rights by Brazil and Argentina on

Human Rights Watch: Letter to Canadian MP’s on C-31 Law

Human Rights Watch raises concerns over a proposed bill it believes is harmful to refugees and asylum seekers and is

Human Rights First: ICE’s Detention Reform Promises – A Second Look (Huffington Post)

The Refugee Protection Program’s Ruthie Epstein considers the implementation of ICE’s detention reform promises in the USA, proposing recommendations to

Amnesty International USA: New report – ‘In Hostile Terrain: Human rights violations in immigration enforcement in US Southwest’

This new report from Amnesty International USA shows that the USA is failing its obligations under international law to protect

Americas: ICE operation results in thousands of undocumented migrants arrested

In recent news out of the United States, an operation named “Cross Check,” the largest of its kind ever conducted by the

US: Nearly three years of detention while challenging removal attempt

In a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union for prolonged detention of almost 3 years on behalf of

Detention Watch Network: Audio on Detention Prevention

On December 1, 2010, the California Immigrant Policy Center held a statewide meeting of immigrant rights advocates in Los Angeles,

Detention Watch Network: National and Local Organizations Sign Letter to President Demanding End to Practices that Harm Communities

National and local organizations in the United States have signed a letter to President Obama demanding an end to practices

US: COMPAS Working Paper: Immigration Detention In America: A History of its Expansion & Study of its Significance

This working paper by Stephanie J. Silverman investigates the legislative origins of the US detention immigration detention system, seeking to

Women’s Refugee Commission: New Report: Migrant women & children at risk: In custody in Arizona

This report by the Women’s Refugee Commission outlines findings from its study of the treatment of women and children in

Detention Watch Network: New Report: DWN & Stanford Law School Policy Brief: Community-Based Alternatives to Immigration Detention

Stanford Law School’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic is an initiative enabling students to represent individual immigrants facing deportation and partake in

Immigration Detention Workshop at the People’s Global Action in Mexico

The IDC will be running a workshop on immigration detention during the People’s Global Action in Mexico City, November 4th, 2010, 12.30-2pm.

Global Detention Project: US Policy & Legal Framework – Working Paper

The Global Detention Project has released a working paper discussing US immigration policy and legal framework.
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Human Rights Watch: USA: Podcast regarding new HRW report & additional interview with former detainee

Human Rights Watch has highlighted the concerning reality for people with mental disabilities who face unlawful deportation in the US

Human Rights Watch: USA: New report: Deportation by default: Mental disability, unfair hearings & indefinite detention in US immigration system

Human Rights Watch has released a new report detailing how immigrants with mental disabilities are often unjustifiably detained in the

USA HRW: New Report: Jailing Refugees

Human Rights Watch has released a new report examining the arbitrary detention of refugees for failing to file for lawful

Breakthrough USA: Gutierrez to unveil immigration reform while enforcement measures on the rise

“Tomorrow, December 15th, at 12:30 pm, Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) will officially unveil his immigration reform bill to the U.S.

USA: LIRS: Lutherans Continue to Call for Fair & Humane Immigration Reform

The Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) continued their call for fair and humane immigration reform at a White House

IDC & Sin Fronteras: Article: Piden a Mexico mayor proteccion a menores migrantes (Spanish)

En México, los centros de detención migratorios operan sin tomar en cuenta las necesidades especiales de protección de las niñas,

México no cumple con los tratados, dicen organismos

International Childrens Day 2008
Organisations including the International Detention Coalition critical of Mexico’s treatment of irregular migrant children & overlooking human

IDC launch: Sin Fronteras Press Release (Spanish)

Coalición Internacional sobre la Detención de Refugiados, Solicitantes de Asilo e Inmigrantes
México, DF, a 20 de

Ecuador: Report: Working Group for Arbitrary Detention Visit (Spanish)

Grupo de Trabajo sobre Detenciones Arbitrarias Misión a Ecuador  13 al 22 de febrero del 2006
Detenciones arbitrarias a extranjeros/as,

Reparación del daño por detención migratoria

En 2009, Sin Frontera, miembro de IDC, inició la defensa legal de un ciudadano australiano que fue detenido por el

Historic win: lawsuit by a migrant against Mexico’s immigration service

Stephen Compton, an Australian painter from Dalby, was awarded 2 million Mexican pesos (AU$171,000) in damages from Mexican immigration authorities