Child migrants rights skills-share
Last week a team from the Immigrant Council was lucky enough to join lawyers from across the EU to learn more about how to better protect migrant children’s rights.
Cases, knowledge and expertise were shared by lawyers who represent migrant children from across seven EU countries. During the five days, those attending identified international human rights law relevant to specific cases.
Access to citizenship, funding for college education and better supporting child victims of trafficking were among the key areas analysed. Everyone there found it helpful hearing about the experience of people doing the same thing in different European countries. There was also a chance to benefit from the expertise of renowned strategic litigators including Nuala Mole, Jill Heine and Benoit Van Keirsbilck.
While there, the team also attended the offices of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and met with members of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
It was a practical and useful training experience – we look forward to putting what we learned into practice for our clients!
Note: The team from the Immigrant Council of Ireland were attending the training as part the Fostering Access to Justice for Immigrant Children’s Rights (FAIR) Project lead by ICJ-Brussels, in which the Immigrant Council of Ireland is a partner.