• Women’s Refugee Commission Reacts to ICE Raids

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    Washington, DC - The Washington Post reports that last week, immigration authorities arrested 680 individuals who were in the United States without valid documentation in a sweep of raids in over a dozen states. This marks President Trump’s first widespread crackdown on immigrants. While U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initially claimed that 75% of those arrested were criminals, they admitted when pressed that anyone who was in the U.S. illegally qualified for arrest, a profile that fits over 11 million people in the United States.'

    Women’s Refugee Commission Endorses Senator Leahy’s Resolution in Support of Refugees and Immigrants

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    Washington, DC - This afternoon, Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont introduced a Sense of the Senate resolution in support of refugees and asylum seekers. The Women’s Refugee Commission, alongside a number of allies, endorsed this motion.

    Court Halts Trump Administration's Executive Order On Immigration

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    On Friday, a federal judge in Seattle temporarily blocked President Trump’s immigration order from being enforced nationwide, allowing visa holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries to enter the U.S.

    Madagascar Reforms Its Nationality Law, Guaranteeing Mothers’ Independent Right to Confer Nationality On Children

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    The Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights extends congratulations to the people of Madagascar, who have reached a milestone this week in the fight for gender equality for all citizens. On January 25, the government promulgated a new nationality law that guarantees the equal right of citizens, regardless of their gender, to confer their nationality on their children.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Commends the Unity and Support Shown by Americans in the Midst of Executive Order Chaos

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    Washington, DC--Donald Trump’s Executive Orders late last week blocked refugee admissions from several Muslim countries and suspended the refugee resettlement program from all countries for 120 days, spurring massive protests and hysteria in airports across the nation. This weekend, as a travel ban went into effect, Americans rose up to challenge President Trump’s Executive Orders with cries for justice. The Women’s Refugee Commission stands in solidarity with those affected, and urges the Trump Administration to reverse these policies. 

    Women’s Refugee Commission Launches New Child Marriage Project

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    The WRC is thrilled to announce the launch of the research project “Child Marriage in Emergency Contexts”, which is funded by Elrha’s Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) Program. 

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Trump’s Executive Order Targeting Muslim Refugees

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    Washington, DC - President Trump has signed an Executive Order that includes, among other provisions, a suspension of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program altogether and a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. for people traveling from a number of predominately Muslim countries.  The Executive Order says that priority will be given in the future to refugees who face religious persecution, “provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.”

    This Executive Order also contains provisions that block refugee admissions from Syria indefinitely, suspend refugee admissions from all countries for 120 days, cap total refugee admissions for fiscal year 2017 at 50,000, suspend visa issuance to countries of “particular concern,” and expedite the completion of a biometric entry-exit tracking system for all visitors to the U.S.  

    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.