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  • 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.

    Introduction of the Senate version of the “Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections for Separated Children Act”

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    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 22, 2010 -- The Women’s Refugee Commission welcomes the introduction of the Senate version of the “Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections for Separated Children Act” (HELP Separated Children Act), which will reduce the number of children who are separated from their parents as a result of immigration enforcement actions. This legislation, introduced by Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and co-sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Herb Kohl (D-WI), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), will provide much-needed safeguards to help keep children with their parents while their parents’ immigration cases are proceeding. The law will also protect the rights of families so that parents are able to make decisions that are in their children’s best interest.

    Sarah Costa Named Executive Director of Women's Refugee Commission

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    Media Contact: Diana Quick
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 212.551.3087


    Current Executive Director Carolyn Makinson to Head
    International Rescue Committee’s UK Office

    For Immediate Release

    New York City, June 9, 2010—The Women's Refugee Commission, a New York-based organization that advocates on behalf of refugee women, children and young people, today announced the appointment of Sarah Costa as its new executive director. Ms. Costa brings to the Women's Refugee Commission more than 25 years of experience in the fields of women's rights, reproductive health, gender and youth development, as well as global philanthropy. She will start at the Women's Refugee Commission in September. Ms. Costa will succeed Carolyn Makinson, who has led the organization since 2004.

    New Ambassador: Actress Mamie Gummer

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    Media Contact: Elizabeth Beresford,
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    Co-star of new ABC series "Off the Map" to represent organization
    that protects women and children refugees

    For Immediate Release

    New York City, May 18, 2010—Executive director Carolyn Makinson announced today that award-winning actress Mamie Gummer has agreed to serve as Ambassador for the Women’s Refugee Commission, an organization that works to improve the lives of women, children and adolescent refugees and asylum-seekers.

    Thousands of Children Orphaned or Separated from Their Families in Haiti Earthquake Aftermath

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    Women’s Refugee Commission urges  these children be provided protection in Haiti while reunification efforts are made

    • Read the press release
    • Read recommendations for the U.S. government to protect children in Haiti developed by the Women's Refugee Commission and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
    • The following organizations are among the organizations that are working with children in Haiti: International Rescue Committee, Save the Children and UNICEF