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  • Music Legends Unite to Stand with Families at U.S. Border

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    New York, NY — As part of its ongoing work to end the Trump administration’s family separation policies and attempts to detain families seeking safety at the U.S. border, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) today announced a fall concert series that will bring together music legends for a five-city tour in support of families targeted by the Trump administration. “The Lantern Tour: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families,” will take place from October 23–28, 2018 across five U.S. cities.

    At High-Level Summit, WRC Executive Director Underscores Vital Importance of Including Women and Girls with Disabilities in Humanitarian Response

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    LONDON — The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) Executive Director Sarah Costa today highlighted the critical importance of including refugee women and girls with disabilities in humanitarian action during the first-ever Global Disability Summit, hosted by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the International Disability Alliance (IDA).

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    United Nations Agencies and Civil Society Organizations Call for the Repeal of Gender-Discriminatory Nationality Laws

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    New York, NY -- On the margins of the UN High-Level Political Forum, UN Women, UNICEF, UNHCR, and the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights (which is housed by WRC) joined the Permanent Mission of Tunisia and the Office of the Permanent Observer for the League of Arab States to the United Nations at a side event, calling for the urgent repeal of gender-discriminatory nationality laws.

    Women’s Refugee Commission's Statement Regarding Finalization of Text for the First-Ever Global Compact on Migration

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    New York — Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) responded to the finalization of the text of the first-ever United Nations (UN) Global Compact on Migration. The Global Compact on Migration is the first intergovernmental agreement that seeks to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner.

    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.