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  • Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Endorsement of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration

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    New York, NY — More than 160 nations joined together today at a conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, to adopt the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. This non-binding agreement aims to improve the treatment of migrants worldwide. It encourages nations to work together to fight discrimination against migrants, calls for improved data gathering and sharing between countries, and demands stronger efforts to protect the human rights of migrants and those whose lives are affected by migration.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Congratulates Murad and Mukwege on Nobel Peace Prize

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    New York, NY Today’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony saw Ms. Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege receive the prestigious award for their work on behalf of women and girls around the world. Murad is a Yazidi activist and genocide survivor, who campaigns on behalf of Yazidi women and girls held in captivity by ISIS in northern Iraq. Mukwege, head of the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has treated thousands of survivors of sexual violence and advocates for the end of the use of rape as a strategy and weapon of war.

    Women's Refugee Commission Addresses the UNSC Arria Formula Meeting on the situation of persons with disabilities in armed conflict

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    On December 3, 2018, in observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, WRC Executive Director Sarah Costa delivered an intervention from the floor at the UN Security Council Arria Formula Meeting on the situation of persons with disabilities in armed conflict.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to DHS and Justice Department’s Joint Rule on Denying Asylum Seekers Entry to the U.S.

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    Washington, D.C. — In response to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Justice Department’s announcement of a joint rule to limit the ability of asylum seekers to seek protection and safety in the U.S., Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, issued the following statement:

    New Report Suggests Myanmar Army Targeted Rohingya Men and Boys for Sexual Violence

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    New York, NY – The Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) today released a groundbreaking report with new data suggesting that the Myanmar Armed Forces targeted Rohingya men and boys for sexual violence as part of its all-out assault on the Rohingya community last year.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Condemns President Trump’s Fearmongering for Electoral Gain

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    New York, NY— In response to President Donald J. Trump’s threat via the media outlet Axios to end birthright citizenship via executive order, Dale Buscher, senior director for programs at the Women’s Refugee Commission, issued the following statement:

    Women’s Refugee Commission Stands with Tree of Life, Hias, and Refugees

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    New York, NY—In response to the attacks at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh over the weekend, Executive Director of the Women’s Refugee Commission Sarah Costa issued the following statement:

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Reports the White House May Issue an Action to Shut the Border and Deny Asylum

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    Washington, D.C.—In light of possible action by the White House to shut the Southern border and deny asylum to asylum seekers, Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission issued the following statement:

    Women’s Refugee Commission Welcomes 2018 Report by UN Secretary General on Women, Peace and Security

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    New York, NY—Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission welcomes the new report by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres highlighting the critical need to include women in peace processes.

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    New Poll Shows Voters Support Access to Asylum for Refugees

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    Washington, D.C.—As President Donald J. Trump pursues new separation and detention policies for families fleeing violence and danger in their home countries, and threatens to arm the southern border, a new poll released today shows that the majority of likely voters—up to 70%—support allowing refugees to seek asylum in the U.S.