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
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.

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About the webinar:

This webinar will focus on the issue of detention of child immigrants in the European context and the potential alternatives that might counter detention.

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

Jem Stevens (IDC) will focus on alternatives to detention that may lead towards ending detention of child immigrants. She will outline the essential elements of engagement-based alternatives, and provide practical examples, as well as initial evaluations of various pilot projects across the EU.

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