10 Myths and Misconceptions about Asylum

Although seeking asylum at the border is a right guaranteed under US and international law, misconceptions and even falsehoods about the asylum process and migration at the US-Mexico border are common. WRC rounded up 10 things to know about the asylum system and migration at the US-Mexico border today.


Welcome With Dignity

WRC joined dozens of national and regional immigrant and refugee rights organizations and other advocates to launch Welcome With Dignity, a landmark national campaign to transform how the United States welcomes people seeking asylum. Join us by pledging to welcome with dignity.


How to Help Ukrainian Refugees

On our blog, WRC outlined ways you can help Ukrainian refugees who continue to be affected by the humanitarian crisis following the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.


WRC in the News

In Ms. Magazine, the Women's Refugee Commission's Executive Director Sarah Costa writes about whether humanitarians are effectively using our resources to create an environment for refugees to become self-sufficient.


The Women’s Refugee Commission responds to crises that affect refugees and displaced people by advocating for the rights of women, children, and other marginalized populations. 

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The Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine

As of February 2023, the conflict in Ukraine has displaced more than 14 million people since the latest Russian invasion began in February 2022. More than 8 million Ukrainians are now refugees, having fled to neighboring countries and beyond, including fleeing to the United States. Almost 5 million people are forcibly displaced within Ukraine itself.

The Women’s Refugee Commission is particularly concerned about the situation for women, girls, and other marginalized populations such as LGBTQIA+ people.

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The Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan

As of March 2023, almost 6 million Afghans have been driven out of their homes or their country by conflict, violence, and poverty, spurring a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Some 800,000 people from Afghanistan were displaced internally in 2021 alone. Two-thirds of Afghanistan’s population require urgent humanitarian assistance. The crisis is exacerbated by ongoing food insecurity, natural disasters, drought, and COVID-19.

The Women’s Refugee Commission is particularly concerned about the rights of Afghan women and girls, which are under severe threat since the Taliban takeover of the country in August 2021, and their ability to access humanitarian services.

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Advancing gender equality and promoting resilience across humanitarian response can transform the lives of refugee women, children, and youth.


Gender Equality

The Women's Refugee Commission advocates for gender equality across humanitarian response to ensure equal access and opportunity for all, increase dignity and well-being, and promote long-term self-reliance.

Resilience-Based Approaches

We advocate for approaches in humanitarian response that build the resilience of refugee women, children, and youth by strengthening and investing in their assets, skills, and capacities.

Measurement and Learning

Our system of internal accountability at WRC measures our successes and challenges in achieving our strategic priorities of gender equality and resilience-based approaches.