Migrant and Refugee Children in the Americas: Event makes a call to the hemisphere on the rights of children

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June 20, 2023 
Contact: Inter-American Dialogue

Washington DC – Within the framework of the 53rd Regular Period of Sessions of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States – OAS, the Permanent Missions of Colombia and Chile, together with the Inter-American Dialogue and the OAS, are hosting the side event Migrant and Refugee Children in the Americas.

The discussion will focus on the challenges faced by migrant and refugee children in the Americas as well as the responses to address challenges while safeguarding the rights of children and adolescents. The event is taking place on Friday, June 23, 2023, at 12 PM EDT.

Joining the event as the keynote speaker is Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s former president, the first director of UN Women, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and founder of the Fundación Horizonte Ciudadano.

Other participants include Rebecca Bill Chávez, president and CEO of the Inter-American Dialogue, Elizabeth Taylor Jay, vice minister of multilateral affairs of Colombia, Mr. Tomás Pascual, head of the Human Rights Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Garry Conille, UNICEF regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Wendy Young, president of the Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Foundation. Moderating the discussion is Betilde Muñoz-Poggosian, director of the OAS Social Inclusion Department.    

Live streaming

Anyone around the world will be able to follow this conversation live through the Inter-American Dialogue’s YouTube channel. 

Notes to Editors

The Inter-American Dialogue engages our network of global leaders to foster democratic governance, prosperity, and social equity in Latin America and the Caribbean. Together, we work to shape policy debate, devise solutions, and enhance cooperation within the Western Hemisphere. In 2022, the Inter-American Dialogue initiated a line of work focused on migrant children. To find more information, CLICK HERE.