• Women’s Refugee Commission Decries President Trump’s Executive Order Targeting Refugees, Families, and Youth

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    Washington, DC--The Women’s Refugee Commission stands in firm opposition to President Trump’s Executive Orders that further endanger and violate the rights of refugees and asylum seekers coming to the United States. The act of turning asylum seekers and refugees away before they reach U.S. soil is reprehensible, as these men, women, and children are fleeing life-threatening situations. These new policies risk returning asylum seekers and refugees to danger and even death. The Women’s Refugee Commission is similarly concerned over the impact that increased immigration enforcement will have on immigrant families in the United States. For too long we’ve documented the trauma and harm on parents and their children when immigration enforcement actions separate them, sometimes indefinitely, with little recourse. 

    Today’s Executive Orders focused on building a wall at the Southern border of the United States, expanding immigration enforcement efforts by increasing the number of border patrol agents, closing the border to those seeking asylum at the Southern border by processing their requests and holding their immigration hearings from Mexico, and massively expanding detention practices. 

    MEDIA ADVISORY: Immigrant, Arab-American, and Refugee Advocates to React to President Trump’s Potential Executive Orders on Immigrant Refugee Policies

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    Washington, DC--Today, January 25 at 11 AM Eastern, leaders from America’s Voice Education Fund, Women’s Refugee Commission, NILC, United We Dream, and American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee will gather on a press call to offer thoughts on a range of Trump’s forthcoming Executive Orders on immigration and refugee policies.

    Trump Reinstates Global Gag Rule

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    In one of his first acts as President, Trump issued an executive order reinstating the Global Gag rule that bars U.S. assistance to foreign organizations that provide or promote access to abortions.

    ICYMI: “U.S. border officials are illegally turning away asylum seekers, critics say”

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    Washington, DC — Yesterday, an article in the Washington Post by Joshua Partlow revealed that U.S. border officials are illegally turning away asylum seekers. This accusation is corroborated by a number of personal narratives of asylum seekers being turned away or indefinitely put on hold at the border, with little or no hope of attaining asylum.

    The Women’s Refugee Commission is deeply concerned that the United States is not complying with its obligations under international human rights and refugee law, which are longstanding commitments incorporated into U.S. law.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Reacts to John Kelly Nomination

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    As the nomination process for John Kelly proceeds, the Women’s Refugee Commission is concerned that the potential head of Homeland Security may not be aware of or understand the stakes involved with deterring people from seeking protection at our borders.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Re-Releases Resources for Families Facing Deportation and Separation

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    Washington, DC -- This morning, the Women’s Refugee Commission re-released guides for safety planning and child welfare for families facing deportation on Facebook and Twitter. The documents provide tools for preventing family separation, resources for families caught between the immigration and child welfare systems, and a comprehensive approach to the question on the lips of every mother facing deportation: "What about my children?"

    The safety planning document, parental interest fact sheets, and toolkit for the detained or deported can be found at the links below:

    Women’s Refugee Commission Recommendations for the High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges: Children on the Move

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    The mission of the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children, and youth displaced by conflict and crises. We welcome the emphasis on Children on the Move at this year’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges and the central role that young people themselves will have during the Dialogue. This underscores the importance of consulting directly with children and adolescents to understand their specific protection concerns and proposed solutions. We hope the Dialogue will result in a collective commitment to concrete actions that will improve protection for children on the move.

    ICYMI: WRC Calls on President Obama to Ensure Protection of Asylum Seekers Before He Leaves Office

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    Washington, DC—The uncertainties of the incoming Trump Administration loom especially large for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the United States. Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump’s rhetoric was characterized by exclusion, deportation, and an uptick in “law and order,” striking fear in the hearts of women and families that have fled to the US from unlivable circumstances. The Women’s Refugee Commission believes that prior to Trump’s transition, President Obama has a chance to ensure that American values are upheld and innocent asylum seekers are protected.

    A Call to President Obama: Ensure the Protection of Asylum Seekers Before the Trump Administration Takes Over

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    Undoubtedly, the results of Tuesday’s election have changed what it means to be an immigrant, refugee, and asylum seeker in the United States. Given the rhetoric of deportation and exclusion that were often at the heart of the Trump campaign’s promises on immigration policy, we at the Women’s Refugee Commission sincerely hope that those promises will not turn out be the reality of a Trump Administration.

    We Stand With Refugee Women and Girls

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    At a time when violence has forced record numbers of people to flee their homes, the Women’s Refugee Commission urges the incoming Administration and Congress to maintain strong bipartisan support for life-saving humanitarian assistance and unwavering leadership on the protection of human rights, including the right to asylum.