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  • ICYMI: Kelly says DHS won't separate families at the border

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    Washington, DC -- According to a CNN report, US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly told Senate Democrats yesterday that he does not intend to separate mothers and children seeking refuge at the border. This comes after previous statements that the agency was considering separation as a deterrent.

    The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is pleased with this development, as it affirms what WRC has long known to be true – that separating asylum seekers' families in an effort to punish them for seeking protection and to deter other families from coming to the U.S. is cruel, un-American, illegal, and ineffective.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Joins Nearly 200 Organizations In Letter to Secretary Kelly Opposing to Plan to Separate Migrant Families at the Border

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    Washington, DC -- Today, nearly 200 national, state and local organizations sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly expressing opposition to the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed plan to separate migrant families at the border. Secretary Kelly has now twice remarked that he is considering such a move in order to deter families from seeking protection at our borders. The letter calls on Secretary Kelly to “reverse course on any policy proposal that would seek to tear apart families or otherwise inflict trauma and harm.” It also notes that separating families undermines their ability to seek asylum, a right protected by both U.S. and international law.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Calls for Protection of Women and Children Asylum Seekers at Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

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    WRC Joins 18 Groups in Call for Border Protections for Women and Children, United States Fails to Send Representative for the First Time in Years 

    Washington, DC – Today, at a hearing convened by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the Women’s Refugee Commission joined 18 groups in urging the IACHR to review and report on U.S. policies that are preventing women and children at the border from accessing critical protections. 

    MEDIA ADVISORY: Women’s Refugee Commission to Call for Protection of Women and Children Seeking Asylum at Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Hearing

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    11:30 AM TOMORROW, MARCH 21:
    WRC to Call for Protection of Women and Children Seeking Asylum at Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Hearing

    Washington, DC -- Tomorrow, the Women’s Refugee Commission will present at a hearing convened by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), to review and report on U.S. policies that are preventing women and children at the border from accessing critical protections.

    ICYMI: “Undocumented Parents Could Be Separated From Their Children at the Border”

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    Washington, DC -- The Women’s Refugee Commission’s latest report on family separation at the border entitled "Betraying Family Values: How Immigration Policy at the United States Border is Separating Families," was featured last Friday in Teen Vogue. The article, entitled “Undocumented Parents Could Be Separated From Their Children at the Border”, explains that while secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly’s consideration of separating parents and children at the border is reprehensible, the practice isn’t new.

    MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Call Releasing New Report on Family Separation at the Border

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    12:30 PM TODAY: Press Call Releasing New Report on Family Separation at the Border

    Washington, DC -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly’s recent statements that he is considering separating migrant parents from their children to deter them from coming to the United States to seek safety   is a new low that shows the Trump Administration’s lack of concern for basic child protection and willingness to transform and expand a cruel practice into formal policy.

    Over 560 Organizations Call on DHS and ICE to Ensure Immigrant Survivors of Violence Can Access Safety and Protections

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    Washington, DC--Today, Women's Refugee Commission as well as over 560 other national, state and local organizations sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John F. Kelly and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas Homan calling on DHS to recognize that immigrant communities deserve safety and justice.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Trump’s Latest Refugee Ban

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    Washington, DC -- Donald Trump’s latest Executive Order, a revision of his original refugee ban, blocks refugees from six Muslim countries and suspends the refugee resettlement program from all countries for 120 days. The Women’s Refugee Commission stands in opposition to this order, and urges the Administration to revoke such discriminatory policies.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Proposal for Increased Separation of Families at the Border

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    Washington, DC -- According to a Reuters report on Friday, a proposal being considered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would separate women and children crossing illegally at the border in order to deter mothers from migrating with their children in tow. At present, the majority of families awaiting asylum are detained for a few weeks where they are processed and pass a credible fear interview before being released for the remainder of their legal proceedings. The recent proposal would separate these families, retain parents in custody and move children into separate shelters and detention centers where they would go through proceedings alone.

    ICYMI: Women’s Refugee Commission Quoted in New York Times, Glamour and USA Today

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    Washington, DC -- This month, Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program with the Women’s Refugee Commission, made her voice heard on behalf of immigrants and refugees in articles zeroing in on Trump’s newest immigration crackdown and the devastating toll they have already started to take on vulnerable men, women, and children.