Resources produced by the IAWG

  • IAWG Background Note
  • IAWG Discussion Paper – Exploring a Global Initiative to End Child Immigration Detention

This booklet provides an overview of the issue of child detention, exploring why children are on the move, statistics, the impacts of immigration detention of children and solutions to explore.

A summary of normative and policy developments that reflect the growing consensus and acknowledgment from the international community that immigration detention is never in the best interests of a child.

Statements produced by the IAWG

Child Rights Experts Call on Member States to End Child Immigration Detention: There Are Alternatives

The Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) to End Child Immigration Detention commends States’ efforts towards developing child-sensitive and human-rights based Global Compacts and highlights the need to ensure that the Global Compacts do not fall below minimum child rights standards and do not allow for the possibility of detaining children for immigration purposes. The IAWG emphasizes the potential of the Global Compacts as a multilateral multi-stakeholder process and calls on States to use this process to work together to ensure that in practice alternatives are always available to safeguard the rights, dignity and welfare of migrant children and their families, regardless of their status. The IAWG stands ready to further support States’ efforts through the implementation of the Global Compacts by offering guidance on alternatives to detention, engaging in national capacity-building, sharing positive practices, and tracking progress and achievements.

Resources produced by Members of the IAWG

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