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Why Are More and More Children Walking Across the Border?

Through the story of 14-year-old Enedelia Arriaga, Mother Jones tells the story of an unprecedented surge of children crossing the American border alone. The article cites extensively from the WRC's report "Forced From Home: The Lost Boys and Girls of Central America," blending facts and narrative to give a fuller picture of their experiences.

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Immigrant groups complain of 'icebox' detention cells

The Los Angeles Times quotes the WRC's Jennifer Podkul in this article about the practice of detaining immigrants in frigid cells to pressure them to agree to deportation. Two California Democrats, Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard of Downey, are pushing legislation to establish standards for the treatment of immigrants held in Customs and Border Protection facilities.

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THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE: 5 QUESTIONS FOR SARAH COSTA ON HELPING THE WORLD’S GROWING REFUGEE POPULATION

"There are more refugees now than at any other time in recent history," laments Sarah Costa, executive director of the Women’s Refugee Commission, one of the few organizations that focuses specifically on the world's displaced people, most of whom are women and children. With refugees spawned by catastrophes in Syria ("the biggest humanitarian crisis since Rwanda 20 years ago," says Costa), Somalia, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and even, still, Colombia the WRC has no shortage of projects to tackle. Here, Costa tells why WRC is making a difference, and how she keeps going.

Read the interview on the Women in the World Foundation website.

More Than 100 Women Arrested at Capitol Immigration Reform Protest

U.S. Capitol Police arrested more than 100 people Thursday after a group of female demonstrators participating in an immigration reform rally locked arms and blocked an intersection in downtown Washington, D.C.

Emily Butera, senior program officer, migrant rights & justice program, speaks in this NBC piece.

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In an Afghan refugee camp, Sakena Yacoobi looked to universal principles of law

In The Christian Science Monitor, Sakena Yacoobi, the executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) and WRC Commissioner, writes about founding AIL in the refugee camps of Pakistan and establishing universal principles of law at a time when law was absent. 

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Unaccompanied Minors Deported To Mexico By The Thousands

This article on the apprehension and deportation of Mexican children in the U.S. in the Huffington Post cites the Women's Refugee Commission.

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More than 10,000 Children Were Deported to Mexico Last Year Alone

ABC News quotes the Women's Refugee Commission in a piece on the increasing number of children crossing the US/Mexico border alone. 

 

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War survivor Mariatu Kamara speaks for children at risk in conflict

Mariatu Kamara, former Voices of Courage honoree, is featured in story by the Christian Science Monitor.

Mariatu Kamara has just arrived in Ottawa to help promote an exhibition on women civilians caught in the crossfire of conflicts at the Canadian War Museum. Ms. Kamara, who lived through the civil war in Sierra Leone, hopes events like this will help raise awareness about the impact of war on civilians, particularly children.

Kamara has been recognized for her work championing the cause of war victims by the Women's Refugee Commission, based in New York City, which honored her with a Voice of Courage award. Liv Ullmann, the award-winning actress and cofounder of the commission, commended Kamara for her "incredible resilience in the face of adversity, for her compassion, and for her quest to tirelessly advocate for refugees and the displaced."

Read the full article in the Christian Science Monitor here.

Refugee women need sexual healthcare too, says Lakshmi Puri

In a recent article in the Guardian, acting head of UN Women sites a report by the Women's Refugee Commission, and highlights the need for family planning to be made available to refugees and women displaced by conflict.

"According to the UN, at the beginning of 2012, more than 15 million people were registered as refugees globally. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre said the number of people internally displaced by conflict, war or human rights abuses reached a record-high 28.8 million last year. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) says refugees' demands for contraception should be met as soon as possible.

But a study of refugee camps in Djibouti, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia and Uganda – conducted in 2011 by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and the Women's Refugee Commission – found the use of contraceptives in camps was lower than in surrounding settlements."


Read the full Guardian article here.

Two extraordinary African women tell their stories

The Christian Science Monitor features article on 2013 Voices of Courage honorees Dahabo Hassan Maow and Atim Caroline Ogwang.

Being forced by war or natural disaster to become a refugee presents huge challenges. Just finding food, water, and shelter is a major accomplishment. But if you are a woman, and have a disability as well, these challenges can multiply until they seem insurmountable.

But two young women honored in New York in early May by the Women's Refugee Commission show that anything is possible. Their lives make two important points: As disabled women African refugees they represent remarkable stories of perseverance and courage as they lifted themselves out of dire circumstances. And to top that, they have now taken on a second role, as advocates for the many other disabled women refugees still in desperate need of help.

Read the full article in the Christian Science Monitor here.