Raising the Voices of Children Impacted by Immigration Detention

IDC Youth Delegation at the Children on the Move Conference, June, Berlin – Pinar Aksu, Mariane Quintau, Leeanne Torpey (IDC Campaign Coordinator) and Najeeba Wazefadost

Recently the Global Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children commemorated its 5th anniversary.

The IDC initiated the Campaign in 2012, after the IDC membership survey revealed that building political will to create change was one of the most important outcomes for IDC Members.

Since then, we’ve seen a lot of progress towards ending child immigration detention.

International law has been strengthened on the issue, with clarification from the CRC that children should never be placed in immigration detention.

All UN bodies have now issued statements reinforcing that children should never be placed in immigration detention.

Ending Child Detention is now one of the core elements of the Global Compacts and is often sited as one of the most likely areas in which change, worldwide, is likely to be seen.

As the campaign marked 5 years, we took the opportunity to support some of our youth advocates to attend key international forums and provide their personal insight into how migration governance can be achieved in a way that is more affordable, effective and humane.

Please take the time to read and share their stories.

Gholam Hassanpour testifies at the UN Human Rights Council

Faced with no other options, I started my new journey to seek safety and protection along with five friends. It was an extremely difficult journey, and more than once I nearly lost my life…

Mariane Quintao testifies at the Global Compact on Migration

At the age of 17, I was returned to a country I could barely remember, and where my mother, father and younger sister no longer lived. My story demonstrates how States are more concerned with protecting borders then protecting children or human rights.

Pinar Aksu testifies before the Council of Europe

The UK Home Office started detaining a lot of families – including mine.  I describe Yarlswood and Dungavel as a prison – I don’t see any difference between a detention centre and a prison…

Personal Stories of Detention and Alternatives

The Campaign released 20 stories of children who have either been detained, or managed to avoid detention, illustrated by artists to protect their identity …