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  • Women’s Refugee Commission Welcomes Reintroduction of Act to Protect Children of Immigrants

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    New Legislation Would HELP Keep Families Together

    Washington, D.C.—The Women’s Refugee Commission applauds Senators Al Franken (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Representative Lynn C. Woolsey (D-CA) for reintroducing the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act (S. 1399/H.R. 2607). This legislation—originally introduced during the last Congress—would reduce the number of children who are needlessly separated from their parents as a result of immigration enforcement measures.

    Women's Refugee Commission Welcomes New Handbook on Alternatives to Immigrant Detention

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    May 18, 2011—The vast majority of immigrants who come to the United States seeking asylum have no violent criminal history, but many—including women, families and unaccompanied children—end up in detention facilities where their basic rights are denied. On any given day, more than 30,000 immigrants are held in detention in the U.S.

    Rights Groups Demand Reforms from the U.S. Government Following Release of an International Report Criticizing U.S. Immigration Policies

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, human rights groups including the National Immigration Forum, the Rights Working Group, the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law, and the Women’s Refugee Commission, together with the Transnational Legal Clinic of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, will present testimony about human rights violations in the U.S. government’s immigration enforcement and detention systems before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Established by the United States and all countries in the Western hemisphere in 1959, the IACHR is authorized to examine allegations of human rights violations by countries including the U.S. The hearing will take place at 9:00am in the offices of the IACHR at 1889 F Street, NW, Washington, DC, and the U.S. government will send representatives to respond to allegations of abuse.

    Women's Refugee Commission Concerned at Deep Cuts to Humanitarian Assistance

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    The Women’s Refugee Commission is deeply concerned that the fiscal year 2011 funding bill passed by the House of Representatives on February 19 contains cuts to humanitarian assistance programs that would severely compromise the safety and well-being of many women and children displaced by conflict and natural disasters.

    Missouri Supreme Court Sends Case on Immigrant Parental Rights Back to Lower Court

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    New York City, January 28, 2011—On Tuesday, January 25, the Missouri Supreme Court sent the case of a Guatemalan woman whose parental rights were terminated following an immigration raid at her workplace back to the lower court for a retrial. Encarnación Bail Romero, whose son was adopted by an American couple against her wishes, has been separated from her child for nearly four years. While the Supreme Court reversed the termination of Ms. Bail Romero's parental rights and the adoption decision, the Court was unable to reunite Ms. Bail Romero with her son because procedural errors in the family court require the case to be tried again.

    Michelle Brane Named One of Women's eNews' ’ “21 Leaders for the 21st Century"

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    Director of Women's Refugee Commission’s Detention and Asylum Program Recognized for Cutting-edge Advocacy

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    New York City, January 7, 2011—The Women's Refugee Commission announced today that Michelle Brané, director of its detention and asylum program, has been named as one of Women’s eNews’ “21 Leaders for the 21st Century.” Brané is widely acknowledged within the immigrant rights and human rights community for her cutting-edge work on protecting women and children asylum seekers and immigrants.


    Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children Releases Landmark Report on Refugees with Disabilities in Countries Affected by Conflict

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    Finds refugees with disabilities to be among the most underserved and neglected people in the world

    NEW YORK/GENEVA (June 23, 2008) — The Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children today released “Disabilities among Refugees and Conflict-Affected Populations,” the first major report to address the critical needs of a virtually invisible population: refugees and people displaced within their own countries who suffer from physical, sensory or mental disabilities.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Urges Support for Critical Legislation to Protect Immigrant Children and Families

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    Congress Should Act on H.R. 3531 and H.R. 1215


    WASHINGTON, D.C., November 5, 2009 — The rapid increase in immigration enforcement in recent years has had an adverse impact on hundreds of thousands of children – both those who come to the United States alone and those who are separated from their parents because of immigration detention and deportation. In a briefing in the U.S. House of Representatives today, the Women’s Refugee Commission urged Members of Congress to act on H.R. 3531, “The Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections for Separated Children Act” (HELP) and H.R. 1215, “The Immigration Oversight and Fairness Act,” critical pieces of legislation that would protect children and families from the unintended, and long-lasting, effects of immigration enforcement. The briefing was held in cooperation with First Focus, Legal Momentum and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.

    Introduction of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010

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    The Women’s Refugee Commission applauds Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for introducing S. 3932, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010.  Among its many strong provisions, this legislation would prevent the separation of children from their parents, improve conditions of care for individuals in immigration custody—including children held at the US/Mexico border—and reduce the unnecessary use of detention for asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants, including families.

    Women's Refugee Commission Welcomes Clean Stoves Initiative

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    September 21, 2010

    The Women's Refugee Commission welcomes the announcement today by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. The alliance, a public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation, aims to provide 100 million clean stoves to people in developing countries by 2020. It will work in cooperation with leading international nongovernmental organizations, foundations, academic institutions, corporate leaders, governments, UN agencies and local NGOs, women’s self-help groups and community members. The United States made an initial contribution of $50 million to the alliance, which hopes to raise $100 million.