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  • Leading Advocacy Organizations Deliver More Than 300,000 Signatures in Petition Against Family Separation

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    Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), Latin America Working Group, Al Otro Lado, Alianza Americas, Amnesty International USA, Kids in Need of Defense, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, MomsRising, National Immigrant Justice Center, CREDO, MoveOn, and Church World Service gathered at the Capitol to deliver 320,000 names from petitions speaking out against the Trump administration’s policies on family separation. The petitions are in response to a series of actions by the Trump administration to punish and attempt to deter asylum seekers by separating families at the border.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to New Limitations Set for Asylum Seekers

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    Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) responded to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to limit the criteria for asylum claims, specifically restricting the ability of those fleeing domestic violence. This unilaterally reverses a long-standing precedent establishing eligibility for protection in the U.S.

    Civil & Human Rights Groups File Emergency Request to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Stop Family Separations, Reunite Families

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    McAllen, Texas Today, the Texas Civil Rights Project, the Women’s Refugee Commission, the University of Texas School of Law Immigration Clinic, and Garcia & Garcia Attorneys at Law, P.L.L.C., filed an Emergency Request for Precautionary Measures with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (“IACHR”) on behalf of parents systematically separated from their children at the United States-Mexico border.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Releases Video Highlighting Trump Administration’s Attacks on Asylum-Seeking Families

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    Washington, D.C. — In the wake of recent White House statements and policies regarding separating families seeking asylum at the U.S. border, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) today released a new 30-second video to raise awareness about the issue.

    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.