Alternatives to Child and Family Immigration Detention in the EU (ChildHub webinar)

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Date of webinar: 
30 Apr 2019
Start and finish time of webinar: 
11am - 12pm CEST
Lecturer: 
JEM STEVENS, Europe Regional Coordinator, the International Detention Coalition
KADRI SOOVA, Deputy Director, Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants

Jem has coordinated the IDC's Europe programme since 2013, working with member NGOs, governments and regional stakeholders to support and promote the development of alternatives to detention and reduce immigration detention in the region. Jem previously worked for the Association for the Prevention of Torture and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal, with a focus on the human rights of persons deprived of their liberty. Jem has a Bachelor’s degree in law and French law, and a Master’s degree in human rights and democratisation. Jem is based in Berlin, Germany.

Kadri has worked for the past 10 years at PICUM focusing on EU migration policies and carrying out rights-based and solution-oriented advocacy on detention and return. Since this year she is the Deputy Director of PICUM. Her academic background is in law and human rights and she has previously worked as an Adviser to the Chancellor of Justice of Estonia.

Organisation/Provider/Organiser: 
Child Protection Hub / Terre des hommes

About the webinar:

This webinar will focus on the issue of child immigration detention in the European context and the potential of alternatives to detention as an effective strategy to counter it.

Kadri Soova (PICUM) will address the current state of play on the issue of child immigration detention in the European policy and legal framework. Building on years of advocacy work experience on this topic, she will share the challenges and opportunities for civil society organizations that are (interested in) working on this issue.

Jem Stevens (IDC) will focus on alternatives to detention as a possible strategy towards ending child immigration detention. She will outline the essential elements of engagement based alternatives and provide practical examples as well as first evaluations of various pilot projects across the EU.

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