September 22, 2023 | 10:00AM-5:00PM

Children on the Move: A Child-centered Policy and Learning Workshop

There are more children on the move than ever before—fleeing violence, climate disasters, and poverty—and seeking safety and protection within and across borders.

Currently, nearly 40% of the 100 million displaced persons worldwide are under the age of 18. However, the global discourse on forced displacement and migration rarely focuses on children’s best interests, rights, and needs.

This workshop will provide the opportunity to consider what child-sensitive policies and responses to children on the move would look like within U.S. foreign and domestic policy contexts. Young people who have experienced displacement, policymakers, practitioners, and researchers will engage with each other through a series of interactive panel discussions and registered attendees will be able to share ideas and learn from each other during breakout sessions.



10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EDT 
Registration and Coffee

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT 
Welcome and Introduction

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT 
"Lived Experience Is Expertise"

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT 

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. EDT 
"How Does the U.S. Respond to Children on the Move?"

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT 
"How Do Our Local Communities Respond to Children on the Move Arriving in the D.C.-metro Area?"

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. EDT 

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT 
Breakout Groups


This event is convened by the Georgetown University Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues in partnership with the Human Rights Institute; Institute for the Study of International Migration; Institute for Women, Peace, and Security; and Laboratory on Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University and the InterAction Forced Displacement Working Group, International Rescue Committee, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Save the Children, and UNICEF USA.

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