The IDC Advocacy Coordinator, Mr. Ben Lewis, presented as part of the pilot training seminar ‘Monitoring places where children are deprived of their liberty as a result of immigration procedures’ as part of the Parliamentary Campaign to End Immigration of Children (phase II).

The training seminar was held at the Council of Europe Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg, from 11 April  to 12 April 2017.

The training aimed to provide relevant information regarding standards and practical tools to participants, foster exchanges between MPs and Children’s Ombudspersons and promote their collaboration at national level.

Speakers included:

  • Andrea Vonkeman, Policy and Legal Support Unit. UNHCR Bureau for Europe
  • Ben Lewis, Advocacy Co-ordinator, International Detention Coalition
  • Julien Attuil-Kayser, Children’s Rights Officer, DCI-Belgium
  • Benoit Van Keirsbilck, Director, DCI-Belgium

Access the draft agenda here.

To find out more about the Council of Europe Parliamentary Campaign to End Immigration Detention of children, visit their website: