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  • 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  

    Women’s Refugee Commission Condemns ICE Policy of Detaining Pregnant Women

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    Washington, D.C. – Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) condemned the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for ending the presumption of release for all pregnant detainees. Previously ICE policy dictated that pregnant women were generally not detained unless their detention was mandatory under the law, or when “extraordinary circumstances” warranted detention.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Supports Bill to Grant Legal Representation to Unaccompanied Children

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    Washington, DC – Today, Senator Mazie Hirono (D- HI) introduced a bill, the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act, which would grant legal representation to unaccompanied children.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Supports American Civil Liberties Union’s Lawsuit Challenging Family Separation

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    Washington, D.C. – On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of Ms. L., an asylum-seeking mother from the Democratic Republic of Congo who was wrongfully separated from her seven-year-old daughter, S.S., at the border by U.S. immigration officials in November 2017.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Statement on DHS’ Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Syrians & Decision Not to Extend Status for New Arrivals

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    Washington, DC - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced yesterday that it would grant an 18-month extension to Syrian Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders in the U.S. but failed to extend TPS to the Syrians who legally traveled to the U.S. after August 1, 2016. TPS is a program designed to protect people from being returned to natural disaster, armed conflict, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Statement in Advance of State of the Union

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    Washington, DC – As President Donald Trump prepares to give his first State of the Union address this evening, families seeking asylum in the United States are being forcibly separated at the border; women, men, and children are languishing in ICE detention centers hoping for fair resolutions of their immigration cases; and many other asylum seekers are getting swept up by traffickers or sent back to the countries they fled without due process. 

    Women’s Refugee Commission Strongly Condemns Trump Administration’s Proposal on Immigration Deal That Would Gut Crucial Protections That Save Lives

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    Washington, DC – Last night, the Trump administration sent a proposal to Congress laying out a framework for a deal on immigration reform. The proposal would permit a path to legal status for DACA recipients and other DACA-eligible illegal immigrants, while at the same time likely gutting protections the Trump administration often refers to as legal “loopholes,” that are crucial to saving the lives of children, families, and others seeking protection. The proposal also includes provisions to cut legal immigration by 50%, with a focus on limiting family migration, and provides for $25 billion in support for a border wall and other border security measures.