"No Life for a Child": A Roadmap to End Immigration Detention of Children and Family Separation
"Canada should urgently implement alternatives to detaining children
rather than housing them in immigration detention facilities or
separating them from their detained parents, the University of Toronto’s
International Human Rights Program (IHRP) said in a report released
today. In failing to do so, Canada is violating its international legal
The 70-page report, “‘No Life for a Child’: A Roadmap to End Immigration Detention of Children and Family Separation,”
uncovers the deficient legal underpinnings and detrimental practical
implications of Canadian immigration detention for children. The report
makes 11 recommendations to ensure that Canada complies with its
international human rights obligations, and analyzes various
international models of alternatives to detention and family separation.
The report concludes that children and families with children should be
released from detention outright or given access to community-based
alternatives to detention, such as reporting obligations, financial
deposits, guarantors, and electronic monitoring."