What we do

With Destination Unknown, we provide direct help to children, youth and families in context of migration on the ground, we develop protection solutions and promote the rights of children on the move based on their best interest and their views, independently of their migration status, gender, age, health, and nationality, religious or cultural belongings.


to protect children on the move from exploitation and detention and support them in building perspectives for their own future. Through programs that provide them with direct basic support such as shelter, food, health and psycho-social care and by developing protective durable solutions.

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to change policy, practices and legislation at global, regional, national and local levels in the sectors of Child Protection, Asylum & International Protection, Refugees in crisis contexts, Migration & Development, Humanitarian Aid, Development, Human Rights and Child Rights.

Destination Unknown advocacy work is focused on:

  • End child immigration detention
  • Protect children on the move from exploitation
  • Make the voices and views of children and youth be heard in public, media, policy and institutional spheres.

Call to action mapRaises awareness:

by showing concrete violations of rights experienced by children due to the lack of specific protection and services when they move. For children and youth, to inform them about risks as well as prepare safe migration with them, their families and community.



by joining efforts with international and regional peer networks and Civil Society Actors such as:

  • gfmd-trThe Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)  : Since 2011 different members of the Destination Unknown campaign have played an active role during the discussion at civil society days and the joint space with the governments. Today, Terre des Hommes is part of the “Evaluation and Planning team” for the GFMD Civil Society Days. At the 2015 edition, Ignacio Packer (TDH Secretary General) was the civil society chair and raised awareness in the discussion space with governments on how  concretely to protect children on the move in the Migration & Development global policy debate.
  • End Immigration Detention of Children Campaignend child detention-logo : Destination Unknown joined this campaign in 2013. Immigration detention of children is a violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and bringing an end to it is one of 10 Demands of Destination Unknown. Supported by over 100 organizations worldwide, the Campaign urges States to adopt alternatives to detention that respect the best interests of the child and allow children to remain with their family and/or guardians in non-custodial, community-based contexts.
  • IAWG_squareAn inter-agency working group to end child immigration detention : On March 2014, the IAWG to end child immigration detention was launched with the aim to put an end to child immigration detention and to cooperate in order to “completely and expeditiously” assist states in ending the practice of child immigration detention, consistent with existing human rights obligations.
  • The Inter Agency Group Children on the Move : Following a global Conference held in Barcelona in October 2010, several international and regional NGOs UN agencies and individual experts formed the Inter Agency Group on Children on the Move. The objectives of the group are the following: Facilitate coordination and collaboration among key international actors; Mainstream children on the move in research and data gathering; Increase the visibility of children on the move in key policy-development spaces and events; Promote the development of child protection mechanisms in the corridors where most children move (within and between countries); Ensure that children who have experienced mobility influence policies and strategies on children on the move.

The Inter Agency Group on Children on the Move has already issued its first publication while a study on transnational protection of children is on-going. Various side events have been organized at UN level, including with the Committee on the Rights of the Child.


The 10 demands is our general policy framework for all the activities conducted under the campaign:


READ THE 10 DEMANDS PROGRESS REPORT (2015) – A report conducted in August 2015 looking at what has done the campaign to push for these demands and what are the results reached since the launch in 2012.