Women’s Refugee Commission Welcomes Bicameral Legislation to Minimize Harmful Effects of Immigration Enforcement on Children

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Washington, D.C. — The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) today welcomed the reintroduction of legislation to lessen the harmful effects of immigration enforcement on children whose parents have been arrested, detained, or deported. The “Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections for Separated Children Act” or the “HELP Separated Children Act,” introduced in the Senate by Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and in the House by Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), seeks to minimize the risk that immigration enforcement actions will result in permanent family separation and seeks to ensure that parents in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody can maintain a relationship with their children and make decisions about their care.

Women’s Refugee Commission Condemns Trump Administration’s “Safe Third Country” Asylum Agreement with Mexico

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Washington, D.C. – The Trump administration is poised to sign an agreement which recognizes Mexico as a safe third country for migrants who would otherwise seek protection at U.S. borders. The term “safe third country” applies to countries determined as being non-refugee-producing or as being places where refugees can receive asylum without any danger.

Women’s Refugee Commission and Al Otro Lado Counter DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s Stance on Asylum Seekers in Advance of Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Hearing

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Washington, D.C. – For the second week in a row, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will take to the Hill today to defend the Trump administration’s proposed budget request when she testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (HSGAC). Last week, she testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security where she faced questions regarding the administration’s new ‘zero tolerance’ policy at the border that will result in family separation and DHS’s treatment of asylum-seeking pregnant women, among other concerning issues. 

Trump Admin Ramps Up Attacks on Migrant and Asylum-Seeking Families Women’s Refugee Commission Calls Actions Betrayal of American Values

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Washington, D.C. – Following a series of anti-asylum actions taken by the Trump administration in recent days, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) today responded by calling the latest assault on migrant and asylum-seeking families “barbaric” and a “betrayal of American values.”

Advocates File FOIA Request for ICE Documents on Detention of Pregnant Women

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Washington, D.C. — The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, and the Women’s Refugee Commission filed a Freedom of Information Act request today with Immigration and Customs Enforcement for documents related to its detention of pregnant women.

Women's Refugee Commission Honors Resilience of Refugee Women, Announces Plans for Concert Series at Annual Awards Luncheon

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New York, NY — The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) today held its annual Voices of Courage Awards Luncheon, where it honored three refugee women and announced plans to launch a new benefit concert series this fall with Grammy-award-winning musicians Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle.

Women’s Refugee Commission Condemns New Directive on Detention of Parents

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Washington, DC – Over the weekend, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made public its new Directive on the Detention and Removal of Alien Parents or Legal Guardians. The Directive, dated August 29, 2017, replaces ICE’s 2013 Parental Interests Directive, which was put in place to discourage the detention of parents and legal guardians who were undergoing immigration proceedings and to mitigate the collateral consequences of immigration enforcement on parental rights and child well-being.

Women’s Refugee Commission Welcomes Listing of Myanmar Armed Forces in New UN Secretary-General’s Report on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

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New York, NY – The United Nations Security Council today held its annual open debate on conflict-related sexual violence. The debate was presided by Peru, which holds the Council’s presidency for April. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed presented the Secretary-General’s annual report on conflict-related sexual violence.

Women’s Refugee Commission Condemns Halt of Legal Orientation Program by Department of Justice

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Washington, D.C. – Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) condemned Tuesday’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice would halt the Legal Orientation Program (LOP). LOP provides information to detained immigrants facing deportation about their rights and the immigration court process. With this information, detained immigrants can make more knowledgeable decisions about their cases and potentially receive assistance in obtaining pro bono counsel.

Over 250 Reproductive, Civil and Human Rights Organizations Call on ICE to Discontinue Policy on Detaining Pregnant Individuals

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Center for Reproductive Rights, ACLU, American Immigration Council, Women’s Refugee Commission and Others Urge Administration to Reinstitute a Presumption That Pregnant Individuals Should be Released from Detention