11 mothers and their children were released from government detention and into the community, where they will be supported by HOST’s case management program.

The event was made possible due to the sustained collaboration between HOST and numerous human rights agencies and NGOs in Thailand.

On Monday, our HOST team in Bangkok attended the signing ceremony and

witnessed deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, General Prawit Wongsuwan, sign the ‘government memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the determination of measures and approaches, alternative to detention of children in immigration detention centers’.

HOST has been working in partnership with local NGOs and International Detention Coalition (IDC) to design and implement local community-based case management solutions.

 “It has been a historic moment for Thailand and the first step towards ending the immigration detention of children,” says David Keegan, CEO of HOST International.

“This is a great example of our vision to make life better for displaced people through practical and locally designed solutions. We hope that this is just the beginning to all families being released from detention soon.”

HOST International is currently piloting a new program in Thailand to support up to 15 families of refugees and asylum seekers to exit detention. Unfortunately, under the MOU, only mothers and children can access bail and fathers remain in detention. However, we see this as an important first step and will continue to work with local authorities towards finding alternatives to arbitrary detention of refugees in Thailand.