Trump Administration Fails to Meet Reunification Deadline; Women’s Refugee Commission Says Trump Immigration Policy Disaster for Asylum-Seeking Families

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Washington, D.C. — Despite a court order issued in June mandating that the Trump administration reunite children under five with their parents, after being separated by the U.S. government at the border, the administration is expected to fail to meet today’s deadline. According to U.S. government sources, only half of the children under five are expected to be reunited.

DHS Secretary Nielsen Meets with Immigration and Human Rights Groups for First Time, Reiterates Trump Administration’s Misinformation and Sidesteps Family Immigration Crisis

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Washington D.C. — Today, leaders of several immigrant and human rights organizations were invited for the first time under the Trump administration to meet with Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.

Statement by the Women’s Refugee Commission on the Occasion of the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

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New York, NY – The United Nations (UN) Security Council today held its annual open debate on children and armed conflict. Sweden, which holds the Presidency of the Council in July, focused the open debate on the theme “Protecting Children Today Prevents Conflicts Tomorrow.” The debate was chaired by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Among the briefers were: Virginia Gamba, the UN special representative for children and armed conflict; Henrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF; and Yenny Londoño, a civil society representative from Colombia. Part of the debate is the new UN Secretary-General’s report on children and armed conflict.

The Women’s Refugee Commission Joins Thousands in Protest to Hold the Trump Administration Accountable for Reunifying Families

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) joined more than 140 national organizations and thousands of human rights advocates in front of the White House speaking out against family detention and demanding that the Trump administration reunify families separated at the border.

Women's Refugee Commission Commends Federal Court's Decision to Reunify Families

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) commended the federal court’s decision to reunify families that have been separated by the Trump administration. The court stated that all children must be reunited with their parents within 30 days and children under the age of five within 14 days and all parents must be able to speak with their children within 10 days. The court’s ruling is a result of an injunction that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed to stop separating families and to reunite them immediately.

Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to President Trump’s Executive Order on Family Separation

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) responded to President Trump’s executive order (EO) regarding separating families at our border. The EO comes after a week of extreme scrutiny from members of Congress, advocates, and human rights organizations regarding the ‘zero-tolerance’ policy of separating families that his administration implemented earlier this year.

Leading Advocacy Organizations Deliver More Than 300,000 Signatures in Petition Against Family Separation

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), Latin America Working Group, Al Otro Lado, Alianza Americas, Amnesty International USA, Kids in Need of Defense, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, MomsRising, National Immigrant Justice Center, CREDO, MoveOn, and Church World Service gathered at the Capitol to deliver 320,000 names from petitions speaking out against the Trump administration’s policies on family separation. The petitions are in response to a series of actions by the Trump administration to punish and attempt to deter asylum seekers by separating families at the border.

Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to New Limitations Set for Asylum Seekers

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Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) responded to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to limit the criteria for asylum claims, specifically restricting the ability of those fleeing domestic violence. This unilaterally reverses a long-standing precedent establishing eligibility for protection in the U.S.

Civil & Human Rights Groups File Emergency Request to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Stop Family Separations, Reunite Families

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McAllen, Texas Today, the Texas Civil Rights Project, the Women’s Refugee Commission, the University of Texas School of Law Immigration Clinic, and Garcia & Garcia Attorneys at Law, P.L.L.C., filed an Emergency Request for Precautionary Measures with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (“IACHR”) on behalf of parents systematically separated from their children at the United States-Mexico border.

Women’s Refugee Commission Releases Video Highlighting Trump Administration’s Attacks on Asylum-Seeking Families

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Washington, D.C. — In the wake of recent White House statements and policies regarding separating families seeking asylum at the U.S. border, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) today released a new 30-second video to raise awareness about the issue.