• Women’s Refugee Commission Strongly Condemns Trump Administration’s Decision to End Temporary Protected Status Program for 50,000 Haitians

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    Washington, DC – Last night, the Trump administration ended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for Haiti. TPS provides legal status to individuals from designated countries who are unable to return home due to ongoing armed conflict, disaster, or other exigent and temporary circumstances. Termination of TPS will have a devastating effect on 50,000 Haitians and their families, many with U.S. citizen children. 

    Women’s Refugee Commission Urges International Community to Stand with Rohingya Women and Girls

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    NEW YORK, NY – In response to first-hand accounts by Rohingya women and girls fleeing Myanmar, and to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit today with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the Women’s Refugee Commission’s Executive Director Sarah Costa issued the following statement:

    Women’s Refugee Commission Condemns Termination of Central American Minors (CAM) Program

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    Washington, DC. – Last night, the Trump administration officially terminated the Central American Minors (CAM) refugee program with an announcement that it would no longer accept applications to the program as of 11:59 p.m. Thursday night.

    In Case You Missed It: Newsweek Article Highlights ICE’s Shocking and Cruel Treatment of 10-Year Old Rosa Maria Hernandez and the Devastating Impact of Trump’s Inhumane Deportation Policies

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    Washington, DC. – 10-year old Rosa Maria Hernandez was arrested and detained in Texas last week after being rushed to the hospital to seek medical treatment. Rosa Maria’s doctors have instructed that she be released to the custody of a family member, but U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) have rejected multiple attempts to have her released.

    Reps. Roybal-Allard and Jayapal Lead Forum on Immigrant Women in Detention Under Trump Administration Policies

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    Today, co-chairs of the Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) led an immigration forum at the U.S. Capitol to discuss the experiences of immigrant women in detention under the Trump Administration’s policies.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Strongly Condemns New White House Immigration Priorities

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    Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Trump administration released their White House Immigration Priorities. The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) strongly condemns these policy “priorities” as they will weaken already fragile protections for vulnerable women and children fleeing horrific violence and seeking asylum in the United States. 

    Women's Refugee Commission Applauds Kanem Appointment to UNFPA ED

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    New York, NY - UNFPA today announced that Dr. Natalia Kanem has been appointed as the organization’s executive director by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Dr. Kanem served as acting director following the unexpected death of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. Prior to that, she served as UNFPA deputy executive director, programme.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Applauds Reps. Smith and Jayapal for Introducing Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act

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    Washington, D.C. - Today, Representatives Smith (D-WA) and Jayapal (D-WA) along with numerous co-sponsors, introduced the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act. The bill would provide much needed reform to a broken immigration detention system by increasing transparency, requiring improved detention standards, and implementing more stringent oversight. The Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act would also ensure that immigrants are not detained arbitrarily and without recourse. Today, countless immigrants in our growing detention system pose no risk to public safety or to national security, and yet they are detained because of arbitrary mandatory detention laws or political decisions.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Releases Report on Detention of Women Seeking Asylum in the United States

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    Washington, DC - Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) released their report on the detention of women seeking asylum in the U.S., entitled “Prison For Survivors,” in response to the fundamental and nearly unprecedented transformation of the immigration detention system.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Condemns Termination of Central American Minors Program

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    Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Trump administration announced that it plans to phase out the Central American Minors (CAM) refugee program during fiscal year 2018. The CAM program began at the end of 2014 under the Obama administration and provided in-country processing for vulnerable children fleeing violence and grave danger in their home country. The program, available in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, allowed children to apply for refugee status or humanitarian parole in the United States. Only children with parents present in the U.S. with lawful immigration status were eligible. Further, children had to go through many screenings as part of the process in order to establish that they qualified for protection – in the form of refugee status or temporary parole – because of the danger they were facing. Access to parole through this program was terminated in August 2017.