Humanitarian Protection

Asylum Seekers Illegally Turned Away by Customs and Border Protection

Asylum Seekers Illegally Turned Away by Customs and Border Protection

For many months, lawyers and advocates have received damning reports from asylum-seeking families, adults, and even unaccompanied minors fleeing Mexico and Central America who have been systematically turned away by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Ysidro, CA to Brownsville, TX. The Washington Post covered the troubling trend on […]

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My Wish This Holiday Season

Written by on December 23, 2016 in Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
My Wish This Holiday Season

For many around the world, this time of year is full of colorful lights, cooking, spending time with loved ones, and spreading holiday cheer. However, take just a moment to reflect on the situation of those individuals, around the world, who are on the move today in search of safety and protection.

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Asylum Free Zones in the U.S. Examined by Inter-American Commission

Written by on December 20, 2016 in Asylum, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Asylum Free Zones in the U.S. Examined by Inter-American Commission

Entire jurisdictions in the United States have become so hostile to asylum seekers and their representatives that the U.S. government, and its immigration court system, is failing to deliver on its international and national obligation to protect them. The asylum-seekers who end up in one of these hostile jurisdictions, which advocates call “asylum-free zones,” face […]

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Judge Orders Border Patrol to Immediately Provide Short Term Detainees with Basic Necessities

Judge Orders Border Patrol to Immediately Provide Short Term Detainees with Basic Necessities

A federal judge ordered the Border Patrol to immediately cease its practice of refusing to provide basic amenities to people detained in Border Patrol holding cells in Tucson, Arizona. The judge cited evidence that shows that detainees are kept in freezing holding cells—often called “hieleras” or “iceboxes” —for days without any access to showers or […]

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El Salvador’s Gang Violence is Forcing Thousands to Flee

Written by on October 21, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments
El Salvador’s Gang Violence is Forcing Thousands to Flee

In the event that there was any doubt, women and children from Central America’s Northern Triangle—El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—are fleeing the same horrific conditions that were driving them out of their countries in large numbers two years ago. That is why apprehensions of Northern Triangle refugees have gone up this year, once again drawing […]

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The Changing Face of Those Apprehended at the Southern U.S. Border

The Changing Face of Those Apprehended at the Southern U.S. Border

This week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the total number of apprehensions by the Border Patrol of individuals trying to enter the country without authorization for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The overall number of apprehensions is up from last year, but down when compared to FY 2013 and 2014 and remain at historically […]

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Using Job and Educational Opportunities to Resettle Refugees

Written by on October 17, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Using Job and Educational Opportunities to Resettle Refugees

The UNHCR estimates that worldwide there were over 65 million refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people who fled conflict, violence, and human rights violations in 2015. On average 24 people were displaced from their homes every minute of every day during 2015. Although there are now a record number of forcibly displaced individuals, there are […]

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Conservative Governors Defy Tradition and Abdicate Responsibility for Resettling Refugees

Written by on October 12, 2016 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Conservative Governors Defy Tradition and Abdicate Responsibility for Resettling Refugees

The United States plays an important role in protecting thousands of the world’s most vulnerable people and is one of 33 countries that resettles refugees. Our long-held legal and moral obligations to shelter those fleeing insecurity and persecution demand nothing less than a robust refugee resettlement by the United States. However, the Governor of Texas […]

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Even the Government’s Own Advisory Committee Wants to End Family Detention

Written by on October 7, 2016 in Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Even the Government’s Own Advisory Committee Wants to End Family Detention

Calls to end the detention of immigrant children and their mothers seeking protection in the United States are not new. What is new is that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers, created by DHS itself, has now added its voice to the chorus calling for an end to family […]

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After Urging Nations to Protect Most Vulnerable at U.N., Obama Steps Up Deportation of Haitians

After Urging Nations to Protect Most Vulnerable at U.N., Obama Steps Up Deportation of Haitians

Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will step up the deportation of Haitian nationals following a recent uptick in their number of arrivals at the San Ysidro Port of Entry by San Diego. Deportations of Haitians had been scaled back significantly following a massive 7.0 earthquake that rocked Haiti in […]

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