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  • UN Security Council Adopts First-Ever Resolution on Persons with Disabilities

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    NEW YORK, NY – The United Nations (UN) Security Council on World Refugee Day adopted its first-ever resolution on persons with disabilities in conflict. The resolution was unanimously adopted by all 15 Security Council members.

    The resolution recognizes the disproportionate impact of armed conflict on persons with disabilities; urges Member States to enable the meaningful participation and representation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action, conflict prevention, reconciliation and peacebuilding; and urges Member States to take steps to eliminate discrimination and marginalization of persons with disabilities.

    New Report Examines Reproductive Health Services in Cox’s Bazar: Contraceptive and Menstrual Regulation Services Widely Available in Refugee Camps

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    New York, NY – A new report from the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) released today indicates that contraceptive and menstrual regulation (MR) services were widely available across the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Since August 2017, more than 700,000 Rohingya have fled violence – including rape and other forms of sexual assault – that was targeted at them in Myanmar by the local authorities and militia.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Calls for Smart Case Management Alternatives in U.S. Immigration Policy

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the Trump administration continues to implement draconian deterrence measures at the U.S. border, and as Congress weighs additional funding and solutions, a new report on the Family Case Management Program (FCMP) released today by the Women’s Refugee Commission shows why smart and improved case management alternatives to detention must be part of the U.S. approach to immigration.

    WRC responds to cuts in programming for unaccompanied migrant children in shelters

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    The Trump administration is cutting education (including English lessons), recreation, and legal services for unaccompanied migrant children in shelters run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The administration claims that the immigration influx at the southern border has created critical budget pressures.

    Statement by Action Aid, International Rescue Committee, and Women’s Refugee Commission at the Ending Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Humanitarian Crises conference, Oslo, May 24, 2019

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    Excellencies, distinguished delegates,

    On behalf of ActionAid, the International Rescue Committee and the Women’s Refugee Commission, we welcome the timely focus of this conference.

    We would like to talk about two aspects that have been discussed at this conference but require emphasizing: The need to prioritize the voices and rights of women and girls, and the need to dramatically scale up and track funding for localized women-led protection.

    War Zone Rape: Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict

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    Women Deliver Panel Discussion

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    Vancouver, Ca – As part of the first-ever humanitarian focus of events at Women Deliver, the Women’s Refugee Commission and Save the Children Canada will co-host a panel discussion looking at how to prevent sexual violence in conflict settings.

    Making Commitments Reality: Rights of Migrant and Refugee Women

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    Women Deliver Panel Discussion

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    Vancouver, Ca – As part of the first-ever humanitarian focus of events at Women Deliver, the Women’s Refugee Commission and Save the Children Canada will co-host a panel discussion that will unpack how to hold countries accountable to their international legal commitments specific to women refugees.

    New Report Reveals Danger of "Remain in Mexico" Including New Cases of Family Separation, Confiscated Identity Documents, New Inhumane CBP Custody Tents

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A brand new report released by the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) today shows real-time threats to asylum-seeking families facing the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico (RIM)” policy. RIM began on January 29, 2019 when the Trump administration initiated a policy that forces asylum seekers presenting themselves at the U.S. border to wait in Mexico while their immigration cases are processed – a policy that many advocacy organizations assert is unlawful.

    New UN Security Council Resolution on Sexual Violence Omits Critical Needs of Survivors

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    Today, UN Secretary-General António Guterres presented his new report on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence to the UN Security Council at an open debate on conflict-related sexual violence. 

    New Report Shows Venezuelan Women and Children Seeking Safety in Peru and Ecuador at Heightened Risk of Exploitation

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    New York, NY – A new report released today by the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), The Time to Act Is Now: Addressing Risks of Exploitation for Venezuelan Women and Children Seeking Refuge, shows that Venezuelan women and children fleeing to Peru and Ecuador face a heightened risk of exploitation, including sex trafficking, sexual exploitation, and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV). In addition to harassment and violence, WRC found that women are having to resort to survival sex in order to provide for themselves and their families.