Cross-Regional Exchange on Ending Child Detention

The Permanent Mission of Brazil, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia, in collaboration with the International Detention Coalition (IDC), UNICEF and the Initiative on Child Rights in the Global Compacts, held a cross – regional exchange alongside the 5th negotiation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Thirteen States attended the event, sharing insights into migration governance that does not resort to child immigration detention.  Many States are taking positive steps towards ending child detention, often with the support of international and civil society organisations.

In order to end the practice of child immigration detention globally, these positive practices and successful pilots should be shared, scaled up and promoted.

The exchange provided a space for States to share their experiences implementing alternatives to the immigration detention of children and explored how dialogue and experience-sharing could illuminate the implementation phase of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

The IDC has compiled some positive practices in the Briefing Paper Never in a Child’s Best Interests and developed a Roadmap for States working to End Immigration Detention of Children.

Search for examples of alternatives to detention in the IDC database.