To commemorate International Migrants Day, we are holding an online discussion at 3pm (CET Time) on December 16: It’s Time to End Child Immigration Detention.

The webinar is an open debate on the main challenges and opportunities around ending child detention, and the role that UN and civil society can play to urge States to take practical actions to make this international standard a reality.

Special attention will be given to participant recommendations for the forthcoming Global Compact on refugees and Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, which are in the process of being developed now by UN Member States.

The panel will be followed by a half-hour open discussion of participants joining online from around the world. The online discussion is free of charge and open to the public.

Online participants may send questions in via the chat function in the webinar, or via Twitter, using the hashtag #MigrantRights.

During both the panel and discussion, a series of short #MigrantRights campaign videos will be played that show the impacts, on a personal level, of immigration detention on children and families.

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Welcome Remarks and Panelist

Mr. François Crépeau, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants

François is Full Professor and holds the Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was a Fellow 2008-2011 of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

He has given many conferences, published numerous articles, and written or directed five books. He heads the “Mondialisation et droit international” collection at Éditions Bruylant-Larcier (Brussels), in which 23 books have been published since 1997, and is a member of several editorial committees.

Until 2011, he also sat on the Quebec Law Society’s Committee on Human Rights and Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, was the “Justice, police and Security” domain coordinator for the Quebec Metropolis Center and was a member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

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Panelist

Ms. Mariane Quintão, Youth Ambassador, Global Campaign to End Child Immigration Detention

Mariane  has recently graduated in International Relations in Brazil and is currently working on a Master’s Degree Thesis project about Immigration Detention of Children in the USA and Australia. Mariane was born in Brazil and after living 7 years in the US, she spent 3 weeks at a detention center in New York. You can see her performing in ‘Hear Our Voices’, an initiative of the Global Campaign to End Child Detention.

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Panelist

Mr. Roland Adjovi, Chair, UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

Roland holds a position of Assistant Professor at Arcadia University where he teaches African affairs, international law including human rights. In addition, he designs study abroad opportunities in Africa for The College of Global Studies, and coordinates its programmes in France. He is also visiting scholar at Université Paris II (2013-2015). He has previously worked at the International Criminal Court (2006-2007) and at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (2003-2006 and 2008-2009). He is in the network set up by the African Foundation for International Law and sits in the editorial committee of the African Yearbook of International Law and that of the International Legal Materials. He was appointed to the Working Group in May 2014.

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Panelist

Mr. Pablo Ceriani, Vice-Chair, UN Committee on Migrant Workers

Pablo is Professor of Law and Coordinator of the Migration & Human Rights Program at the Center for Human Rights at the National University of Lanús, Argentina. His research focuses on human rights, migration, and refugee law. He has worked on these issues in various contexts around the world, including Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Europe. Pablo has published numerous journal articles and books on migration and human rights, and has edited and co-published many others.

Pablo has also worked as a lawyer and clinical coordinator at Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS). He has served as a consultant for UNICEF and UNFPA on the rights of child, adolescent, and female migrants, and has consulted for the ILO and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Additionally, he has served as a visiting professor in Belgium, Mexico, Spain, and the U.S., and has presented at numerous conferences, workshops, and seminars around the world. He is an associate with Global Migration Policy Associates.

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Panelist

Mr. Kerry Neal, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF

Kerry has worked in the post of Child Protection Specialist, Justice for Children, in UNICEF Headquarters in New York, since 2012. Prior to joining the New York Office, he held staff positions in UNICEF field offices in FYR Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Georgia, where he headed the juvenile justice component of the national criminal reform strategy. At HQ, he manages the migration portfolio as well as Justice for Children. Kerry is a lawyer by training, and has spent many years working in the field of juvenile justice / justice for children, as well as in other areas of child protection, most notably migration and trafficking.

Kerry’s career has included work with NGOs, IGOs and government, in locations as diverse as the Balkans, Haiti, Iran, Burundi and Kazakhstan. As well as his professional legal qualifications, he has a Masters in Law and Human Rights, and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Policy and Public Administration.

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Panelist

Ms. Michele Levoy, Director, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)

Michele serves on several boards and advisory committees on the European and global levels, including Social Platform; Global Coalition of Migration; Civil Society Days of the Global Forum on Migration and Development; and the Women and Global Migration Working Group. Previously, she worked at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pax Christi International, and worked with refugees and migrants in the USA and in Brazil. Michele holds a Bachelor degree in French and Justice and Peace Studies and a Master in Applied Sciences (Housing and Development Program).

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Moderator

Ms. Leeanne Torpey, Coordinator, Global Campaign to End Child Immigration Detention

Leeanne is the Campaign Coordinator at the International Detention Coalition. Leeanne has worked to develop and disseminate training in media to promote empowerment and community development, including working in Western Sydney at Information and Cultural Exchange, as a reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Commission and in Tonga with the Women and Children Crisis Centre who received a Pacific Humans Rights Award and Organization Activist Award for projects she coordinated. Leeanne has a Graduate Diploma in Journalism and a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Want more details? Email media@endchilddetention.org

Supporters of #MigrantRights are also being encouraged to participate in a coordinated social media campaign, using your existing social media platforms to share pictures, quotes, info-graphics, videos, interactive maps and other media to showcase your solidarity and support.

The social media themes highlighted by the #MigrantRights campaign will focus on issues affecting migrants in transit, at international borders, and upon arrival in country, such as criminalization; border security; xenophobia and discrimination; access to fundamental economic, social, and cultural rights; addressing root causes; and access to safe, legal pathways to migration.

This year social media is being led by the Global Campaign to End Child Detention, with a number of key messages on their official social media feeds (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) which partners and supporters are encouraged to share, re-Tweet, etc..