Thousands of children affected by the war in Ukraine have been separated from their families, communities, and country and forcibly transferred to Russian-occupied territories or deported to Russia. Some have been placed in Russian foster and adoptive families and given Russian nationality. Other reports indicate that children from Ukraine are being transferred to camps and facilities in Russia and Russia-occupied territories, where Russian officials have said they are integrated and receive patriotic education. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has underlined that international humanitarian law prohibits forced transfers and deportation of protected persons, which may constitute war crimes.
During this webinar, participants examined the current situation, provided historical context, and discussed the response. Ukrainian organizations engaged in the frontline response shared their perspectives, and participants considered how the international community can support family tracing and reunification.
This event was sponsored by Georgetown University’s Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues in coordination with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, Razom for Ukraine, the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, and Where Are Our People?.
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