International Implementers of Alternatives to Detention Meeting, August 2017, Mexico City

Practitioners from around the world attended a 2-day workshop in Mexico City to share insights into successful implementation of alternatives to detention.


20 civil society actors and partners actively developing and implementing alternatives attended the workshop, including:

During the workshop, participants discussed screening and referral processes, case management and the importance of building engagement rather than having an enforcement approach.


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.

This workshop provided an opportunity to explore how alternatives operate in a variety of local contexts and translate international human rights standards to concrete implementation.


A report will be available shortly detailing insights from the workshop.


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