Salon quotes Michelle Brané on the importance of including women in immigration reform:
“Overall, one of our big concerns is to ensure that women and children are included in the conversation,” said Michelle Brané of the Women’s Refugee Commission. “Often as we talk about reforming the immigration system, the fixes and the points that are made are created around protection or pathways to citizenship or roads to relief for men, though it’s not necessarily intentional.”
Read the Salon article here.
Jennifer Podkul, program officer, Migrant Rights & Justice Program, Women's Refugee Commission, appeared on Al Jazeera’s “Inside Stories America” in a segment entitled “Risking their lives to reach the U.S.” She spoke about the findings from the WRC’s report “Forced from Home: The Lost Boys and Girls of Central America.” The show can be seen here.
Catherine O’Neill, whose travels with the International Rescue Committee to refugee camps led her, along with the actress Liv Ullmann and others, to found the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. She was 70.
Read the full obituary in The New York TImes.
Catherine O'Neill was a well-known figure among Southern California Democrats, running twice for the state Senate. After observing conditions in refugee camps around the world, she helped found what is now the Women's Refugee Commission.
Read Catherine's obituary in The Los Angeles Times.
ABC News quotes Michelle Brané, director of our Migrant Rights and Justice program, in “Christian Indonesians Live In NJ Church's Sanctuary to Avoid Deportation.” "They [five Christian men from Indonesia who have sought sanctuary at a New Jersey church in the hopes that it will save them from being deported] are in a Catch-22, whatever outcome they have is detrimental to their children. The reality is that these US citizen children can be really harmed by these decisions."
Read more here.
Our report "Forced from Home: The Lost Boys and Girls of Central America" is cited in this Reuters article "Poverty and Fear of Gangs Drive Young Immigrants to U.S." Read the article here.
ABCNews/Univision quotes Senior Program Officer for MIgrant Rights and Justice, Emily Butera, in "A Quarter of Deportations are of Parents of U.S. Citizens."
Senior Program Officer Emily Butera was quoted in the Colorlines article "Nearly 205K Deportations of Parents of U.S. Citizens in Just Over Two Years."
New America Media featured our press release in "DHS Finally Addresses Rape in Detention Facilities."