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United Nations Human Rights Council Recognizes Southwest Key UM Shelter Program

Thirty-sixth session 11-29 September 2017 Agenda item 3

Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on its visit to the United States of America*

Oct 17, 2017

Southwest Key was recognized for providing "excellent support to unaccompanied children," in a report from the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on its visit to the United States of America*

Page 10, Item 42. While visiting the Southwest Key care provider facility in San Diego, the Working Group observed that the centre provided excellent support to unaccompanied children, including safe and humane conditions and culturally appropriate education and recreation facilities. Stakeholders indicated that the centre was exceptional and that unaccompanied children were not detained in suitable conditions across the country. The Working Group recalls that:

Children should not be deprived of liberty, except as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time, taking into account their best interests as a primary consideration with regard to the duration and conditions of detention, and also taking into account the extreme vulnerability and need for care of unaccompanied minors.15