Women's Refugee Commission and Immigrant Rights Advocates Demand Civil Rights Investigation into ICE Raids that Targeted Sponsors of Unaccompanied Children

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On December 6, 2017, the Women’s Refugee Commission and seven other immigrant rights organizations* filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Office of Inspector General on behalf of some of the 400 people swept up in a DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “surge initiative” from June to August 2017. The operation sought information about the immigration status of parents and other relatives who came forward to sponsor unaccompanied children. Officers then used that information to locate or lure family members to ICE offices, where they were arrested and detained. The complaint  details how ICE officers misrepresented their objectives and role within the sponsorship process, as well as coerced parents and family members in order to detain them and frustrate the reunification process.

Women’s Refugee Commission Troubled by U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Allow Trump Travel Ban to Take Effect

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Washington, DC – Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court decided to allow the third and newest version of President Trump’s travel ban to take effect, pending appeal. The Trump administration has claimed that the travel ban will help protect national security; however, denying entry to the U.S. to individuals based on nationality will separate vulnerable families, and will not make Americans safer. 

Trump Administration Abandons Global Commitments, Betrays Displaced Women And Children

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NEW YORK, NY – Just 15 months after 193 members of the UN General Assembly, including the United States, voted unanimously to support the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, the Trump administration announced Saturday it was pulling out of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, which is the part of the declaration focused on advancing the protections and rights of migrants.

Women’s Refugee Commission Strongly Condemns Trump Administration’s Decision to End Temporary Protected Status Program for 50,000 Haitians

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Washington, DC – Last night, the Trump administration ended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for Haiti. TPS provides legal status to individuals from designated countries who are unable to return home due to ongoing armed conflict, disaster, or other exigent and temporary circumstances. Termination of TPS will have a devastating effect on 50,000 Haitians and their families, many with U.S. citizen children. 

Women’s Refugee Commission Urges International Community to Stand with Rohingya Women and Girls

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NEW YORK, NY – In response to first-hand accounts by Rohingya women and girls fleeing Myanmar, and to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit today with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the Women’s Refugee Commission’s Executive Director Sarah Costa issued the following statement:

Women’s Refugee Commission Condemns Termination of Central American Minors (CAM) Program

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Washington, DC. – Last night, the Trump administration officially terminated the Central American Minors (CAM) refugee program with an announcement that it would no longer accept applications to the program as of 11:59 p.m. Thursday night.

In Case You Missed It: Newsweek Article Highlights ICE’s Shocking and Cruel Treatment of 10-Year Old Rosa Maria Hernandez and the Devastating Impact of Trump’s Inhumane Deportation Policies

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Washington, DC. – 10-year old Rosa Maria Hernandez was arrested and detained in Texas last week after being rushed to the hospital to seek medical treatment. Rosa Maria’s doctors have instructed that she be released to the custody of a family member, but U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) have rejected multiple attempts to have her released.

Reps. Roybal-Allard and Jayapal Lead Forum on Immigrant Women in Detention Under Trump Administration Policies

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Today, co-chairs of the Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) led an immigration forum at the U.S. Capitol to discuss the experiences of immigrant women in detention under the Trump Administration’s policies.

Women’s Refugee Commission Strongly Condemns New White House Immigration Priorities

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Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Trump administration released their White House Immigration Priorities. The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) strongly condemns these policy “priorities” as they will weaken already fragile protections for vulnerable women and children fleeing horrific violence and seeking asylum in the United States. 

Women's Refugee Commission Applauds Kanem Appointment to UNFPA ED

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New York, NY - UNFPA today announced that Dr. Natalia Kanem has been appointed as the organization’s executive director by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Dr. Kanem served as acting director following the unexpected death of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. Prior to that, she served as UNFPA deputy executive director, programme.