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Vulnerabilities in detention

Persons deprived of their liberty are vulnerable because of the unbalance of power created by the detention itself. But some people find themselves in situations of specific vulnerability – often because of the social context and of their status in society.

These groups, which include children and adolescents, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTI persons, migrants and others, are not necessarily vulnerable per se, but become vulnerable in detention. This is why we speak of “situations of vulnerability” rather than “vulnerable groups”.

More information and standards related to groups in situations of vulnerability can be found in the Detention Focus Database.

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