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    The Trump administration is deporting thousands of migrant families for missing a hearing

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    “There is nothing inherently illegal about trying to arrest and deport people with final orders — it’s just operationally difficult,” said Michelle Brané, director of Migrant Rights and Justice at the Women's Refugee Commission. “It means deprioritizing something else. They have been swinging blindly wherever they’ve seen an opportunity.”

    Libyen: Routinemässig Folter und Vergewaltigung

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    Flüchtlinge und Migranten, die versuchen, von Afrika nach Europa zu gelangen, sind in offiziellen wie inoffiziellen libyschen Haftanstalten routinemässig sexueller Gewalt ausgesetzt, ergab eine Umfrage der «Women's Refugee Commission».

    Kushner's immigration plan has skeptics lining up on both sides

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    "We'll be looking out for whether the proposal complies with basic child protection standards: Is it compliant or is this a way to legitimize a way to not comply?" said Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program at the Women's Refugee Commission, which advocates for displaced women and children.

    Trump admin expands collecting biometric data from migrants

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    Ursela Ojeda, policy advisor for migrant rights and justice at the Women's Refugee Commission, said she was "extremely concerned" about what the actual definition of a "false family unit" would be. She said migrant families fleeing violence in Central America may not fit the definition of a biological parent and child or legal guardian but may still be a legitimate family.

    "In cases like that where the DNA would not necessarily match up, what's going to happen in those situations?" she said.

    How Proposed Asylum Rule Changes Would Affect Asylum-Seekers

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    Michelle Brané, senior director, Migrant Rights & Justice program, talks with NPR's David Greene on Morning Edition about the Trump administration's proposal to charge fees to asylum seekers.

    Trump suggests charging US asylum seekers a fee

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    Some immigration activists have condemned the latest move by the Trump administration, including Michelle Brané, the director of migrant rights and justice at the Women's Refugee Commission. 

    Asylum Seekers Face New Restraints Under Latest Trump Orders

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    “The entire idea of asylum is that it’s something that you need because you are fleeing some sort of violence or persecution,” [Michelle Brane, director of the Women's Refugee Commission's Migrant Rights and Justice program] said, “and to then say that it’s only accessible to people who can pay a fee doesn’t make sense.”

    Trump Administration Surveilled Migrant Family Separation Protests

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    Katharina Obser with the Women’s Refugee Commission said in the statement that the Trump administration’s family separation policy has deeply traumatized migrants.

    “That federal agencies knew of this trauma and yet chose to disregard it in the name of an abhorrent deterrence strategy is unconscionable,” Obser said. “There is still so much more we need to fully uncover to understand what this administration did and didn’t do to inflict and subsequently address the harm caused by its family separation policies, but these documents re-emphasize that we must hold them to account.”

    Detention centre opened but migrants too frightened to leave as war reaches Tripoli

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    A study last month by the Women's Refugee Commission, a U.S.-based charity, said refugees and migrants trying to reach Italy through Libya were victims of horrific sexual violence. 

    Posição antiaborto dos EUA força ONU a mudar resolução sobre violações

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    Stephanie Johanssen, da Comissão das Mulheres Refugiadas, mostrou-se “desiludida com a Alemanha por ceder às ameaças de veto” e referiu-se à resolução final como “um passo atrás”.

    “Forçar mulheres e raparigas que engravidaram por violação a manterem a gravidez é desprezível”, disse a responsável.

    Onu, niente aborto per gli stupri di guerra: "Colpa dello stop Usa"

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     «È deludente che la Germania abbia ceduto alle minacce di veto», ha commentato Stephanie Johanssen della Women's Refugee Commission, definendo la risoluzione «un passo indietro». 

    U.N. Caves to Trump Administration Threat and Cuts ‘Reproductive Health’ From Anti-Rape Resolution

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    “It’s disappointing that Germany gave into the veto threats,” said Stephanie Johanssen of the Women’s Refugee Commission, who called the resolution a “step backwards.”

    She added, “Forcing women and girls who become pregnant as a result of rape [to carry the pregnancy] is despicable.”

    A right-wing militia group operating in southern New Mexico has begun stopping groups of migrant families and detaining them at gunpoint before handing them over to Border Patrol agents, raising tension over the tactics of armed vigilantes along the borde

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    Ursela Ojeda, a policy adviser in Washington for the Women’s Refugee Commission ... called the actions of the militia “highly problematic.”

    “These are families, and lots of young children, fleeing dangerous situations,” Ms. Ojeda said. “I have a hard time seeing how someone has a right to point a loaded weapon at these families.”

    AG rules asylum seekers can't be released on bond

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    Katharina Obser of the Women's Refugee Commission said many of the ideas in the report would only exacerbate the problem.

    "It is long overdue for the government to invest its existing funds in a comprehensive, legal and humane approach to protection at our borders," she said, but many of the report's recommendations "would do little to better care for vulnerable families and children seeking protection in the United States."

    EEUU: Proponen modificar procesamiento de inmigrantes

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    “El gobierno tiene pendiente desde hace mucho tiempo invertir sus recursos en una alternativa integral, legal y humana que brinde protección en nuestras fronteras”, afirmó Obser, aunque muchas de las recomendaciones en el informe “servirían poco para mejorar el cuidado de las familias vulnerables y de los menores que buscan protección en Estados Unidos”.

    Changes recommended in migrant processing

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    A federal advisory group is calling for significant changes to how the federal government deals with the surge of migrant families that officials say is overwhelming the southern border.

    ...But Katharina Obser of the Women’s Refugee Commission said many of the ideas in the report would only exacerbate the problem.

    Advisory group recommends changes to migrant processing

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    Katharina Obser of the Women's Refugee Commission said many of the ideas in the report would only exacerbate the problem.

    "It is long overdue for the government to invest its existing funds in a comprehensive, legal and humane approach to protection at our borders," she said, but many of the report's recommendations "would do little to better care for vulnerable families and children seeking protection in the United States."

    Department of Homeland Security Advisory Panel Wants Congress To Make It Easier To Keep Migrant Kids Detained

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    “The idea that we should be eliminating critical protections in our laws that are there to protect children and ensure that asylum seekers are protected is deeply problematic,” said Katharina Obser, senior policy advisor for migrant rights at the Women’s  Refugee Commission. “It’s been incredibly well documented that DHS’s current family detention practices are traumatizing and harmful, and to allow families to be detained for an even longer period of time is really concerning.”

    African, Syrian migrants in crosshairs of Libya war

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    A study last month by the Women’s Refugee Commission, a U.S.-based charity, said refugees and migrants trying to reach Italy through Libya were victims of horrific sexual violence.

    The abuse was commonplace along routes through North Africa: at border crossings and check points, during random stops by armed groups, and when migrants were kidnapped and held for ransom, said the report, titled “More Than One Million Pains”.

    WORLD Asylum for sale: Male refugees victimized by sexual violence say officials wanted bribes to help

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    It is not clear how many male refugees worldwide have been victims of sexual violence, though experts say the numbers are certainly high. Stigma and a lack of support often stop men from reporting what they have been through. A recent report by the Women's Refugee Commission listed sexual violence as a reason males leave their home countries to try and reach Europe, and found it was also "commonplace" against boys and men along smuggling routes in North Africa.