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  • New Documents Reveal Trump Administration Failed to Keep Track of Separated Children Despite Deliberately Crafting Plan That Tore Families Apart

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    Washington, D.C. Two new documents reveal that the Trump administration both deliberately crafted a plan to separate families seeking safety at the U.S. border and then failed to keep track of how many children were taken from their parents.

    Trump Expected to Defend Campaign of Chaos at Border Tonight

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    Washington, D.C. — Marking day 18 of the government shutdown, President Donald J. Trump is expected to speak live from the Oval Office tonight to defend his demand for Congressional funding for a wall along the southern border of the United States.

    Civil society letter to Mexican government regarding concerns over "Remain in Mexico" plan

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    December 21, 2018

    Dear President López Obrador, Secretary Sanchez, and Secretary Ebrard:

    Our organizations – some of which wrote to you earlier this month – are writing now to express concern over yesterday’s announcements regarding the United States’ immediate application of section 235(b)(2)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and Mexico’s cooperation with that plan, as outlined in the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs’ press release. We ask Mexico to end its temporary cooperation with the United States, reaffirm its commitment to the protection of asylum seekers who wish to present claims in Mexico or the United States, and assert its authority to determine who may enter Mexico from the United States. 

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Department of Homeland Security’s Action to Return Asylum-Seekers to Mexico

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    Washington, D.C. — In light of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) action to invoke 235(b)(2)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which will send asylum seekers back to Mexico if they arrive to the U.S. border without proper documentation, Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission issued the following statement:

    Women’s Refugee Commission Welcomes Strong Endorsement of Global Compact on Refugees

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    New York, NY—Today, more than 180 countries endorsed the Global Compact on Refugees, an international agreement calling for a stronger, fairer response to large refugee movements and protracted situations. It is the result of two years of negotiations following the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in September 2016 and its comprehensive refugee response framework.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Endorsement of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration

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    New York, NY — More than 160 nations joined together today at a conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, to adopt the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. This non-binding agreement aims to improve the treatment of migrants worldwide. It encourages nations to work together to fight discrimination against migrants, calls for improved data gathering and sharing between countries, and demands stronger efforts to protect the human rights of migrants and those whose lives are affected by migration.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Congratulates Murad and Mukwege on Nobel Peace Prize

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    New York, NY Today’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony saw Ms. Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege receive the prestigious award for their work on behalf of women and girls around the world. Murad is a Yazidi activist and genocide survivor, who campaigns on behalf of Yazidi women and girls held in captivity by ISIS in northern Iraq. Mukwege, head of the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has treated thousands of survivors of sexual violence and advocates for the end of the use of rape as a strategy and weapon of war.

    Women's Refugee Commission Addresses the UNSC Arria Formula Meeting on the situation of persons with disabilities in armed conflict

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    On December 3, 2018, in observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, WRC Executive Director Sarah Costa delivered an intervention from the floor at the UN Security Council Arria Formula Meeting on the situation of persons with disabilities in armed conflict.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to DHS and Justice Department’s Joint Rule on Denying Asylum Seekers Entry to the U.S.

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    Washington, D.C. — In response to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Justice Department’s announcement of a joint rule to limit the ability of asylum seekers to seek protection and safety in the U.S., Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, issued the following statement:

    New Report Suggests Myanmar Army Targeted Rohingya Men and Boys for Sexual Violence

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    New York, NY – The Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) today released a groundbreaking report with new data suggesting that the Myanmar Armed Forces targeted Rohingya men and boys for sexual violence as part of its all-out assault on the Rohingya community last year.