QUIZ 1 - QUESTION 3 Women, girls and LGBTQI individuals in detention are at greater risk of being targeted by all forms of discrimination and violence, including gender-based violence and sexual abuse. Detention contravenes the best interest of the child, constitutes a child rights violation and has a profound and negative impact on children’s health and well-being. The Global Compact on Migration recommends favouring non-custodial measures, especially for families and children (article 29a). Alternatives to detention are also recommended for anyone whose rights and protection needs cannot be sufficiently met while in detention, including pregnant and nursing women. Gender-responsive referral mechanisms at borders (GCM article 28c) can be used to direct those with special protection needs to available services. Additional resources: Expert Working Group on Women’s Human Rights in Migration (2018) A gender-responsive approach to promoting and protecting the rights of children and families at all stages of migration, GCM Gender Series, Issue 3 Forced Migration Review (2013) Special issue on Detention, alternatives to detention, and deportation International Detention Coalition UNHCR and International Detention Coalition (2016) Vulnerability Screening Tool UNHCR (2012) Detention Guidelines: Guidelines on the Applicable Criteria and Standards relating to the Detention of Asylum-Seekers and Alternatives to Detention Click on the thematic area Border Services and Return to learn more.