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  • Statement by the Women’s Refugee Commission on the Occasion of the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

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    New York, NY – The United Nations (UN) Security Council today held its annual open debate on children and armed conflict. Sweden, which holds the Presidency of the Council in July, focused the open debate on the theme “Protecting Children Today Prevents Conflicts Tomorrow.” The debate was chaired by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Among the briefers were: Virginia Gamba, the UN special representative for children and armed conflict; Henrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF; and Yenny Londoño, a civil society representative from Colombia. Part of the debate is the new UN Secretary-General’s report on children and armed conflict.

    The Women’s Refugee Commission Joins Thousands in Protest to Hold the Trump Administration Accountable for Reunifying Families

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    Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) joined more than 140 national organizations and thousands of human rights advocates in front of the White House speaking out against family detention and demanding that the Trump administration reunify families separated at the border.

    Women's Refugee Commission Commends Federal Court's Decision to Reunify Families

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    Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) commended the federal court’s decision to reunify families that have been separated by the Trump administration. The court stated that all children must be reunited with their parents within 30 days and children under the age of five within 14 days and all parents must be able to speak with their children within 10 days. The court’s ruling is a result of an injunction that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed to stop separating families and to reunite them immediately.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to President Trump’s Executive Order on Family Separation

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    Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) responded to President Trump’s executive order (EO) regarding separating families at our border. The EO comes after a week of extreme scrutiny from members of Congress, advocates, and human rights organizations regarding the ‘zero-tolerance’ policy of separating families that his administration implemented earlier this year.

    Leading Advocacy Organizations Deliver More Than 300,000 Signatures in Petition Against Family Separation

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    Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), Latin America Working Group, Al Otro Lado, Alianza Americas, Amnesty International USA, Kids in Need of Defense, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, MomsRising, National Immigrant Justice Center, CREDO, MoveOn, and Church World Service gathered at the Capitol to deliver 320,000 names from petitions speaking out against the Trump administration’s policies on family separation. The petitions are in response to a series of actions by the Trump administration to punish and attempt to deter asylum seekers by separating families at the border.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to New Limitations Set for Asylum Seekers

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    Washington, D.C. — Today, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) responded to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to limit the criteria for asylum claims, specifically restricting the ability of those fleeing domestic violence. This unilaterally reverses a long-standing precedent establishing eligibility for protection in the U.S.

    Civil & Human Rights Groups File Emergency Request to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Stop Family Separations, Reunite Families

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    McAllen, Texas Today, the Texas Civil Rights Project, the Women’s Refugee Commission, the University of Texas School of Law Immigration Clinic, and Garcia & Garcia Attorneys at Law, P.L.L.C., filed an Emergency Request for Precautionary Measures with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (“IACHR”) on behalf of parents systematically separated from their children at the United States-Mexico border.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Releases Video Highlighting Trump Administration’s Attacks on Asylum-Seeking Families

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    Washington, D.C. — In the wake of recent White House statements and policies regarding separating families seeking asylum at the U.S. border, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) today released a new 30-second video to raise awareness about the issue.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Welcomes Bicameral Legislation to Minimize Harmful Effects of Immigration Enforcement on Children

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    Washington, D.C. — The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) today welcomed the reintroduction of legislation to lessen the harmful effects of immigration enforcement on children whose parents have been arrested, detained, or deported. The “Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections for Separated Children Act” or the “HELP Separated Children Act,” introduced in the Senate by Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and in the House by Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), seeks to minimize the risk that immigration enforcement actions will result in permanent family separation and seeks to ensure that parents in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody can maintain a relationship with their children and make decisions about their care.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Condemns Trump Administration’s “Safe Third Country” Asylum Agreement with Mexico

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    Washington, D.C. – The Trump administration is poised to sign an agreement which recognizes Mexico as a safe third country for migrants who would otherwise seek protection at U.S. borders. The term “safe third country” applies to countries determined as being non-refugee-producing or as being places where refugees can receive asylum without any danger.