Refugee Status

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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Cases Show U.S. Policies Failing Central American Refugee Families

Written by on June 17, 2016 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Cases Show U.S. Policies Failing Central American Refugee Families

Last month, the Obama Administration doubled down on their Central American refugee deterrence policy by beginning a new round of raids targeting mothers and young people for deportation back to some of the most dangerous and violent places in the world. However, similar to the first time the Administration launched raids on these families in […]

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Six Facts You Should Know About Refugees

Written by on June 16, 2016 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Six Facts You Should Know About Refugees

Refugees and asylees are a relatively small share of U.S. immigrants – just eight percent of all immigrants living in the U.S. These are individuals who are fleeing persecution, war, conflict, oppression, and human rights violations in their home countries and who have been granted the ability to reside permanently in the U.S. A new […]

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Public Radio Report Mischaracterizes U.S. Asylum Process

Public Radio Report Mischaracterizes U.S. Asylum Process

Media outlets are reporting on the uptick in the number of individuals crossing the southern border into the U.S. This trend is not surprising given the ongoing violence in Central America. The conditions in the region are not significantly improving by any measure, and as a result people continue to flee while the Administration’s refugee […]

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How the Asylum and Immigration Court Backlogs Reached an All-Time High

How the Asylum and Immigration Court Backlogs Reached an All-Time High

The current backlogs in the immigration court and asylum systems have long been a problem and the government offices tasked with bringing the backlog down still have much to do. As detailed in the Human Rights First report In the Balance: Backlogs Delay Protection in the U.S. Asylum and Immigration Court Systems, there are four […]

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Undocumented Children Face These Challenges in Accessing Public Education

Written by on April 14, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Undocumented Children Face These Challenges in Accessing Public Education

Unaccompanied children arriving from Central America face many challenges – post-traumatic stress, facing a judge without an attorney, separation from their families, and the fear of being returned to their home countries, among others. Receiving the public education to which they are entitled should not be one of those challenges. However, a recent report from the […]

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Human Rights Commission Holds Hearing on Refugee Children and Families Seeking Protection

Written by on April 6, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Human Rights Commission Holds Hearing on Refugee Children and Families Seeking Protection

Earlier this week the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held a thematic hearing on the “Human Rights Situation of Migrant and Refugee Children and Families in the United States.” A broad national coalition of advocacy groups and legal service providers, led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Transnational Law Clinic, prepared and presented testimony and recommendations to […]

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New Studies Show Refugees are Integrating

Written by on March 23, 2016 in Integration, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
New Studies Show Refugees are Integrating

At a time when politicians and others are expressing concern about the U.S.’s refugee resettlement process, two new studies show that refugees want to integrate and are indeed integrating into the fabric of our country. However, there is much variation depending on the refugees’ country of origin, and there remains room for improved policies aimed […]

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Judge Who Believes Toddlers Can Represent Themselves, Only Part of the Problem in the Battle over Representation for Kids

Judge Who Believes Toddlers Can Represent Themselves, Only Part of the Problem in the Battle over Representation for Kids

Over the past week, several media outlets reported that Assistant Chief Immigration Judge (ACIJ) Jack Weil claimed that he could teach immigration law to three- and four-year-old children such that the children could represent themselves in immigration court. Now, Attorney General Loretta Lynch claims that the U.S. Department of Justice is “looking at various ways […]

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Breaking Down the Central American Refugee Crisis and the U.S. Response

Written by on February 18, 2016 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 2 Comments
Breaking Down the Central American Refugee Crisis and the U.S. Response

When tens of thousands of women and unaccompanied children from Central America journeyed to the United States seeking asylum in 2014, President Obama’s administration concentrated its efforts and poured resources into an aggressive strategy of deterrence that is still in place today. The multi-prong approach, including a media campaign launched in Central America highlighting the […]

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