Humanitarian Protection

Government Officials Explain Extensive Refugee Vetting Process in Hearing

Written by on September 15, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Government Officials Explain Extensive Refugee Vetting Process in Hearing

Following the 15th anniversary of the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001, Congress is renewing its efforts to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again on U.S. soil. This was the message many members conveyed at a House Homeland Security hearing yesterday examining “terrorist pathways” to the United States. Committee members, including Chairman Michael […]

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Calls for Temporary Protected Status for Central American Countries Continue to Grow

Calls for Temporary Protected Status for Central American Countries Continue to Grow

Calls for the U.S. Government to designate El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras for temporary protected status (TPS) have continued to grow louder this week as over 100 law professors and nearly 400 civil, faith, immigrant, labor rights, and legal services organizations urged the President to use TPS to protect Central Americans. TPS would provide nationals […]

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Why “Family Detention” is a Misnomer

Why “Family Detention” is a Misnomer

More than two years after the Obama Administration launched its aggressive expansion of family detention in an attempt to “deter” the arrival of asylum-seeking Central American families, numerous problems associated with such practice have been brought to light. One such issue is the separation of family units while in U.S. custody. A report released this […]

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Why the Department of Homeland Security Should Also End Private Prison Contracts

Written by on August 19, 2016 in Asylum, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Why the Department of Homeland Security Should Also End Private Prison Contracts

For two years, women and children from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala have been fleeing to the United States to escape the extreme violence of gangs which control large swaths of territory within their home countries. And for two years the Obama Administration has responded to this humanitarian crisis by locking up the women and […]

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Why 22 Mothers Are On a Hunger Strike at the Berks Family Detention Facility

Written by on August 15, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Detention, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Why 22 Mothers Are On a Hunger Strike at the Berks Family Detention Facility

In protest of their families’ ongoing and prolonged detention in the Berks County Residential Center, a group of mothers began a hunger strike on Monday, August 8. They penned a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson explaining why: We left our homes in Central America to escape corruption, threats, and violence. We […]

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Government’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Falling Short

Written by on August 10, 2016 in Asylum, Detention with 0 Comments
Government’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Falling Short

Human Rights First (HRF) and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) each released reports this month detailing the flawed treatment of asylum seekers in the United States. The USCIRF report, Barriers to Protection: The Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal, looks at the Department of Homeland Security’s overall process for asylum seekers, […]

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Meet the First Ever Olympic Refugee Team

Written by on August 5, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Meet the First Ever Olympic Refugee Team

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are approximately 65 million refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide. Among them are world class athletes who dream of competing in the Olympics, but  have been displaced from their homes and had their training  disrupted. Many are unable to obtain citizenship and compete for their […]

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FOIA Documents Reveal Government Always Knew Flores Settlement Applies to All Children

FOIA Documents Reveal Government Always Knew Flores Settlement Applies to All Children

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the 1997 settlement in Flores v. Reno—which governs the detention, treatment and release of immigrant children—covers both unaccompanied and accompanied minors. This was a direct repudiation of the position the government took while defending its family detention policies in court. The government argued that the Flores […]

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DHS and Immigration Courts Sued Over One-Year Asylum Deadline

Written by on July 6, 2016 in Asylum, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
DHS and Immigration Courts Sued Over One-Year Asylum Deadline

Immigration law imposes a one-year deadline, beginning upon arrival in the United States, within which an asylum seeker must apply for asylum. With very limited exceptions, an individual who misses this deadline becomes ineligible for asylum. Even though the clock is ticking for these asylum seekers, DHS agents and officers do not notify them of […]

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Number of Refugees and Internally Displaced Now at an All-Time High

Written by on June 20, 2016 in Asylum, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Number of Refugees and Internally Displaced Now at an All-Time High

This year, World Refugee Day marks a grim historical milestone: The number of people fleeing their homes to escape war and persecution is now higher than it has ever been since the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) began keeping records in the 1950s. In the 2015 edition of its annual Global Trends report, […]

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