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    Inter-American Commission on Human Rights holds hearing on access to asylum in the United States

    Letter to Secretary of State Tillerson Urging US to Reaffirm Commitment to Protect and Defend Human Rights

    WRC requested and participated in a thematic hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the autonomous human rights body of the Organization of American States (OAS), during its 161 Period of Sessions (Mar. 15-22, 2017) on measures taken by or at the request of the United States that impede access to asylum in the United States and interfere with the right to family life and other core human rights protections.
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    Separation of Immigrant Families in U.S. Immigration Custody

    As the numbers of family units migrating together rises, so have the instances of arbitrary and harmful family separation, both before and upon reaching the U.S. border. Family unity must also be a respected principle in enforcement and removal operations by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
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    Family Detention & the Flores Settlement Agreement

    In the summer of 2015, a court ruled that government practices of detaining asylum-seeking families violate the 1997 Flores Settlement for unaccompanied children. The government’s should immediately reverse their family detention policies, dismantle the facilities, and release children and their parents.
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    One Year Later: Where are the refugee mothers and children?

    In June 2014, President Obama referred to the unprecedented numbers of children and families fleeing violence in Central America as an “urgent humanitarian situation.” Since then, these asylum-seekers have been detained in prison-like detention facilities.
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    The Detention of Immigrant Families | 2015

    A Backgrounder on Family Detention

    In 2014, years after closing public outcry forced the closing of the infamous T. Don Hutto family detention facility, the Obama Administration dramatically increased the detention of migrant families. Seeking asylum is not an illegal act, and these families should be met with protection, not punishment.

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    Recommendations to DHS to Improve Complaint Processing

    Consistent, documented – yet avoidable - deficiencies within the DHS complaint systems have inhibited the Department’s ability to identify internal civil rights concerns and take appropriate action. Here are specific problems and concrete recommendations to improve the handling of complaints and ensure that migrants' human rights are respected.

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    WRC's analysis of ICE's Parental Interests Directive

    Helping Families Caught Between the Immigration and Child Welfare Systems

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's long-awaited directive, “Facilitating Parental Interests in the Course of Civil Immigration Enforcement Activities,” inspires cautious optimism for thousands of mothers who could face permanent separation from their children.
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    We Belong

    A letter from 10-year-old Jaden to President Obama.

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