• ICYMI: WRC’s Michelle Brané Gives the Facts on Border Numbers on Pre-Debate Press Call

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    WRC Joins Immigration and Latino Voter Experts to Preview What to Look for in Final Presidential Debate

    A recording of yesterday’s call is available here.

    Women’s Refugee Commission: Number of Migrants Arriving at the Border is a Normal Increase—Not All Time High As Reported

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    New report demonstrates that deterrence and punishment will not prevent mothers from seeking protection for their children

    Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC) Passes Recommendations to End Family Detention

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    On Friday, Michelle Brané, Director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission joined fellow members of the Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC) in a public meeting at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) to discuss recommended reforms to the family detention program. The Committee voted to pass the recommendations to avoid family detention and mitigate the physical, social, familial, and psychological consequences of current detention practices.

    WRC Represented at Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC)

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    On Friday, Michelle Brané, Director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission will join fellow members of the Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC) in a public meeting at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) to discuss recommended reforms to the family detention program.

    VIDEO: Shadow Summit: The U.S. Response to Central American Refugees

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    The United States and other nations hosted a leaders summit on September 20, 2016 to discuss the world refugee crisis and how nations can increase their commitments to refugee protection worldwide. In a side event, the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) hosted the Shadow Summit: U.S. Response to Central American Refugees, a panel discussion examining U.S. policy response to unaccompanied children and families fleeing violence in the Northern Triangle of Central America.

    Katharina Obser, WRC Senior Program Officer of Migrant Rights and Justice Program joined fellow panelists Dr. Allen Keller, Director, Bellevue/New York University Program for Survivors of Torture; Karen Lucas, Associate Director of Advocacy, American Immigration Lawyers Association; and Elvis Garcia Callejas, Migration Counselor, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and Former Unaccompanied Minor. 

    A video of the panel discussion is now available for viewing (below).

    DHS Announces Application of Expedited Removal to Haitian Earthquake Survivors

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    Statement by Michelle Brané, Director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program

    Announcement highlights need for reform of procedures for processing asylum-seekers at our border

    This morning, the Department of Homeland Security announced that they will resume removals to Haiti and begin applying expedited removal to Haitian earthquake survivors seeking safety at our southern border.

    WRC Signs Joint Statement on Women and Girls Ahead of UNGA Refugee Summit

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    The Women's Refugee Commission is among the 42 grassroots women-led civil society organisations, human rights and humanitarian agencies, that has signed a joint statement which outlines recommendations for commitments by states attending the upcoming Global Refugee and Migrant Summits, to ensure the protection and safety of refugee women and girls.

    WRC Applauds Clinton Commitment to End Family Detention

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    Hillary Clinton Renews Commitment to Ending Inhumane Family Detention, Private Prisons

    Women’s Refugee Commission applauds Clinton’s announcement, urges Obama Administration to end these practices now.

    Media Advisory: WRC at 71st UN General Assembly Events

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    As world leaders gather at the United Nations for the first high-level summit on Refugess and migrants, the Women’s refugee commission asserts that all responses to refugees and migrants must protect the rights and improve the lives of women, children, and youth.

     

    WHAT: New York, NY - On Monday, September 19, 2016, the 71st UN General Assembly will convene Heads of State and leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector at the first high-level summit focused on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants. This landmark meeting aims to bring countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. 

    WHEN: Friday, September 16th through Tuesday, September 20th. WRC will support the following events listed below:

    WRC Welcomes Secure the Northern Triangle Act

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    Statement by Michelle Brané, Director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program


    Today, the Senate Democratic Leadership introduced the Secure the Northern Triangle Act, a bill to provide a coordinated regional response to address violence in Central America and the resulting flow of refugees and unaccompanied children to the U.S. The legislation calls for paid counsel for children and certain vulnerable populations who are facing immigration court proceedings, as well as increased refugee processing and asylum protections in Mexico and the surrounding countries.