Led international efforts and made reproductive health a humanitarian priority
- We were among the first to recognize that displaced women and girls in conflict- and disaster-affected areas had a dire need for reproductive health services.
Ended the prison-like conditions under which immigrant families are detained in the United States
- We were the first nongovernmental organization permitted to visit the T. Don Hutto Residential Center, a federal detention facility for undocumented immigrant parents and their children. Following our landmark report Locking Up Family Values: The Detention of Immigrant Families and the American Civil Liberties Union’s subsequent legal victory against Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security announced its decision to end family detention at Hutto on August 5, 2009.
Raised awareness of the needs of refugees and displaced persons with disabilities
- We published the first-ever global research report on disabilities among refugees and those affected by conflict.
- We worked with disability organizations to promote equal access and full participation of individuals with disabilities globally.
Advocated and advanced the protection of women and children in conflict settings with the passage of two critical UN Security Council Resolutions
Focused international attention on the need for safe access to cooking fuel
- With our leadership, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s SAFE Task Force produced the first-ever global guidance documents on implementing safe access to firewood and alternative cooking fuels in humanitarian settings.
Helped displaced women support themselves with high quality and safe livelihood programs
- We published the first comprehensive manual to guide humanitarian practitioners as they design work programs for displaced and refugee women.