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Yannick van den Brink participated in live webinar ‘Child Pre-trial Detention’

On 20 May 2019, Dr Yannick van den Brink, Assistant Professor at the Department of Child Law, participated in a live webinar titled ‘Child Pre-trial Detention. A Global Movement to Reduce Length of Stay’, together with colleagues from the United States and Mexico.

For children in detention, every day counts. Globally, pre-trial detention practices impede the exercise of children’s due process rights, negatively impact their physical and mental health, and lead to social effects that last their entire lives.

During the webinar, Van den Brink presented the relevant international children’s rights framework and the findings of his studies on child pre-trial detention in the Netherlands. The other speakers were Bart Lubow, former director of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Justice Strategy Group (United States), Aimée Burgdorf, Research Specialist at the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee (United States), and Juvenile Justice Advocates International’s founder Doug Keillor (Mexico).

The webinar discussed the need for the global community to focus on reducing time to trial for children in detention and successful strategies used in different jurisdictions. Practitioners and advocates from around the world attended the webinar via live-stream.

The webinar can be watched via this link.

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