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
17 Sep 2015
A Presentation at the 2015 CAP Implementation Workshop (Rome, Italy 23-24 September)
Tags: Report, Early Warning Systems
Video
19 May 2016
  Resilience in the Americas (RITA) is implemented by Red Cross National Societies in 12 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, with technical support from the American Red Cross. The focus of the program is to work alongside communities ...
Tags: Video, Resilience
Report
20 Oct 2013
With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) brought together representatives from 15 Red Cross/Red Crescent (RC/RC) natio...
Tags: Report, Flood, Urban Risk Reduction