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  • Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Reports that the White House May Resume Separating Families Seeking Safety at the U.S. Southern Border

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    Washington, D.C. — Earlier this afternoon, new reports revealed that the White House is considering resuming the separation of families seeking safety at the U.S. southern border. According to news accounts, this new plan could also combine both family separation and family detention in what is called a “binary choice.”

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Department of Homeland Security Secretary (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen’s Testimony that DHS Does Not Detain Children

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    Washington, D.C.— At a hearing today before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, testified multiple times that DHS does not detain children, despite verifiable evidence to the contrary.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to the Department of Homeland Security’s Report Regarding Implementation of the Zero-Tolerance Policy and Family Separation

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    Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) expressed grave concerns about the findings of a new report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (DHS-OIG) entitled, “Special Review – Initial Observations Regarding Family Separation Issues Under the Zero Tolerance Policy.”

    Joint Civil Society Statement at UNGA 73 High-Level Event: “The Global Compact on Refugees: A Model for Greater Solidarity and Cooperation”

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    New York, New York — Excellencies, distinguished delegates: I am honored to deliver this statement on behalf of Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN), CARE, Disability Rights Advocacy Center, International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF), National Forum of Women with Disabilities Pakistan, Network of Women with Disabilities in Nigeria, Norwegian Church Aid, National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda (NUWODU), Oxfam, PLAN International, Refugees International, Save the Children, Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP), the UNSW Forced Migration Research Network, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Women Challenged to Challenge, Women Deliver and my own organization, the Women’s Refugee Commission. 

    NGOs Oppose U.S. Plans to Fund Mexico for Deportations of Non-Mexican Migrants & Bilateral Negotiations around a Safe Third Country Agreement, Urge Governments to Abandon Plans

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    The undersigned immigrant rights, refugee rights, humanitarian, human rights, children’s rights, women’s rights, and faith-based organizations from Mexico and the United States strongly oppose a reported plan from the United States to fund the Mexican government for the deportations of non-Mexicans from Mexico to their home countries, as well as ongoing bilateral negotiations between the United States and Mexico around a safe third country agreement. 

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    U.S. Humanitarian and Development Organizations Urge Trump Administration To Restore Funding for Programs for Vulnerable Palestinians

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    Washington, D.C. — As a group of US-based humanitarian and development NGOs, we are deeply concerned by the Trump administration’s decision to stop funding programs that meet the basic needs of Palestinians at a time of acute suffering brought on by years of conflict and isolation.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Condemns the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Proposed Regulations to the Flores Settlement

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    Washington, D.C.— Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) condemned the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) proposed regulations to the Flores Settlement.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Marks World Humanitarian Day with Call for Gender Equality Across Humanitarian Action

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    New York, NY — Ahead of World Humanitarian Day, Women’s Refugee Commission Executive Director Sarah Costa issued the following statement:

    Women’s Refugee Commission's Statement Regarding Appointment of Michelle Bachelet as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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    New York, NY — Today, following the confirmation by the U.N. General Assembly of Michelle Bachelet as the new high commissioner for human rights, Women’s Refugee Commission Executive Director Sarah Costa issued the following statement:

    Women’s Refugee Commission Condemns Administration for Second Missed Deadline to Reunify Migrant Families

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    Washington, D.C. — The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) today condemned the Trump administration’s failure to meet the second court-mandated deadline for family reunification. Reports have indicated that hundreds of separated parents and children still have not been reunified after having been separated for weeks or months.