Alone and Unsafe: Children, migration, and sexual and gender-based violence

A new IFRC report titled “Alone and Unsafe: Children, migration, and sexual and gender-based violence” details the elevated risk of sexual violence for unaccompanied and separated migrant children at every stage of their migratory path.  The number of children migrating alone, the report estimates, included more than 300,000 in 2017 – a substantial increase over the previous decade.

In addition to providing a statistical look at sexual and gender-based violence against unaccompanied migrant children, the report examines some of the risk factors and circumstances that make them particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse.  The report further explores the ways that protecting such children has become a “blind spot” for many governments and aid organizations and some of the barriers to adequately prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence against this group.  Finally, it outlines recommendations for governments and aid groups to better prevent and address the problem in the future and advocates for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration as a means to ensure the protection of all people migrating, especially unaccompanied children. 

IFRC: “The world is failing” child migrants at risk of violence, exploitation and sexual abuse

IFRC: “The world is failing” child migrants at risk of violence, exploitation and sexual abuse

Are you sure you want to delete this "resource"?
This item will be deleted immediately. You cannot undo this action.
File Name File Size Download
181126-aloneunsafe-report-en.pdf 18 MB

Related Resources

Report
07 Nov 2013
The report of the first Red Cross National Resilience Roundtable examining the application of social capital to disaster resilience
Tags: Report, Resilience
Video
03 Feb 2015
In 2014 Liberia suffered a deadly outbreak of Ebola that spread quickly throughout the country and claimed the lives of more than three thousand people. Although recent weeks have seen a considerable drop in the number of confirmed Ebola cases, Liber...
Tags: Video, Communicable Disease
Case Study
12 May 2014
For many years, the concept of community risk reduction has been a priority in the Red Cross programmes in the Pacific. Some National Societies have, however, been struggling to find an effective way to turn this priority into meaningful community-ba...
Tags: Case Study