With Trump "Elite Border Agents" Threat Looming, WRC Spotlights Preparedness—Urges Use of Key Resources

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NEW YORK, NY – Over the weekend, news broke that President Donald J. Trump was threatening imminent deployment of “elite tactical border agents” to sanctuary cities around the country with orders to arrest undocumented workers and migrants, which could include families seeking safety in the United States.

The move is seen by advocacy and human rights experts as a retaliatory measure against U.S. “sanctuary cities” or cities that limit cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. These cities include Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, and Newark, NJ.

Nine Separated Parents Return to the U.S. to Reunite with Their Children and Present their Claims for Asylum

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LOS ANGELES, CA—Last night, nine parents who had been separated and deported without their children at the Mexico-U.S. border returned to the United States to reunite with their children and pursue their asylum claims as a result of advocacy efforts by Al Otro Lado (AOL), Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP), De Anda Law, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), Justice in Motion, Milbank LLP, and Women’s Refugee Commission.

First-Ever Global Refugee Forum Kicks Off in Geneva Next Week

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WRC Urges Support for Refugee Self-Determination, Focus on Gender Equality

NEW YORK, NY – Representatives from governments, international organizations, local authorities, civil society, the private sector, and refugees from around the world will gather in Geneva next week for the first-ever Global Refugee Forum. The two-day event is co-hosted by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the government of Switzerland, with the governments of Turkey, Germany, Ethiopia, and Costa Rica serving as co-conveners.

Women's Refugee Commission Responds to Trump Administration's Safe Third Country Action with Guatemala

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, the Trump administration sent an asylum-seeking Honduran man to Guatemala – the first such action as part of the controversial “Safe Third Country” agreement signed with the nation in July, but which did not take effect until Tuesday, November 19, when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued rules about its implementation. The Women’s Refugee Commission has long criticized “Safe Third Country” agreements for sending asylum-seekers to danger.

Women's Refugee Commission’s Statement on the Launch of the new Inter-Agency Standing Committee Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

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On behalf of the Women’s Refugee Commission, we warmly congratulate everyone involved on the launch of the Guidelines after three years of extensive consultations.

The Women’s Refugee Commission is proud to have worked with other stakeholders, including organizations of women with disabilities, to integrate gender and address gender-based violence throughout the Guidelines. We have also provided technical support to three pilot partners in Jordan, Uganda, and Sri Lanka.

Statement Regarding the Death of Former Women's Refugee Commission Staff Member Jennifer Schlecht

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“We are devastated and horrified by this unimaginable news. Jenn was family to the Women’s Refugee Commission both during her seven years with us and after her time here.

“She brought joy and light to all who knew her and was an unyielding champion for the rights of displaced women everywhere. Most of all, she was a phenomenal mother who loved her daughter with all she had. Our hearts are broken today and our prayers are with Jenn and her family,” Sarah Costa, executive director of the Women’s Refugee Commission.

Sheryl Crow, Amy Ray to Join Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, and others on "The Lantern Tour II: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families"

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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Media Contact: Joanna Kuebler 646-255-5586

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As The Lantern Tour II prepares to kick off its nationwide tour tonight at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., tour organizers announced the winter 2020 date and full lineup, which will feature Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Jerry Douglas, Steve Earle, Buddy and Julie Miller, and Amy Ray.

Statement by Ms. Alaa Salah, UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security

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Statement by Ms. Alaa Salah
UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security
October 29, 2019

Madam President, Excellencies, my civil society colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

Good morning. I am honored to be here with you from Sudan, which is today full of hope for peace, freedom and justice.

White House Guts U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following weeks of speculation, the White House yesterday gutted the U.S. Refugee Admission Program (USRAP), a program created in the wake of World War II to facilitate refugee resettlement in the U.S. The program – which had historically seen strong bipartisan support – has seen a dramatic decline under the Trump administration in the number of refugees that could be admitted into the U.S. each year, going from 110,000 in FY 2017 to 30,000 in FY 2019. Yesterday’s action reduces the number of admissions for FY 2020 to 18,000, a historic low.

Women's Refugee Commission Responds to White House Agreement with Honduras

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump administration late yesterday reached an agreement with Honduras that would require migrants and asylum seekers on their way to the Unites States – and passing through Honduras – to stay in that country and seek asylum. This is the third such agreement the Trump administration has made with a Central American country to prevent those fleeing violence from reaching the U.S. Earlier this year, Trump signed similar agreements with El Salvador and Guatemala.