• WRC Responds to Administration's Planned Raids and Deportations of Central American Women and Children

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

     

    The Women's Refugee Commission is deeply disappointed at the Obama Administration’s plan to conduct raids on and deport women and children who have fled persecution and extreme violence in Central America. Some of those targeted are reported to be children who arrived in the U.S. without a parent and have now turned 18. The administration is prioritizing them for deportation to three of the most dangerous countries in the world.

    Ill-Conceived EU-Turkey Deal is Especially Dangerous for Refugee Women

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    Statement by Sarah Costa, Executive Director

    While we agree that there must be a safer way to get to Europe that does not require the dangerous route across the Aegean, we object to any proposal that sends refugees back to Turkey, denying them the ability to make asylum claims.

    European Parliament Calls for GBV Prevention for Refugees

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    Statement by Sarah Costa, Executive Director

    The Women’s Refugee Commission, which has completed three assessment missions along the refugee route in Europe, is pleased to see our recommendations recognized by Parliament.

    Closing Balkan Borders to Refugees is Ineffective

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    Statement by Sarah Costa, Executive Director

    We are disturbed by the Balkan states' closing of their borders against refugees who have fled terrible violence and persecution. This action will not deter desperate people from making the perilous journey to Europe, it will only increase the already elevated risk of violence to women and girls as more and more refugees are trapped in overcrowded and unsafe transit centers in Greece. We hope that today's summit will restore unity and that the governments of Europe will work toward solutions for the more than one million refugees seeking safe haven.

    House Members Introduce Legislation to Protect Asylum Seeking Children

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

    Under current law, there is no right to appointed counsel in immigration removal proceedings, even if the respondent is a child. We find this out of step with our moral and legal obligation to protect refugees.

    WRC Calls for Shift in Humanitarian Assistance for Urban Refugees

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    A monumental shift in the way humanitarian assistance is designed and implemented is required to protect the increasing number of refugees who live in cities from sexual and gender-based violence (GBV), according to our new report, Mean Streets: Identifying and Responding to Urban Refugees’ Risks.

    Concrete Action for Women and Girls Needed at the World Humanitarian Summit

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    We believe the Secretary-General’s recognition of the challenges faced by women and girls, including those with disabilities, as well as the contributions they can make, is an important part of the work of the World Humanitarian Summit.

    Senate Bill Provides Legal Counsel to Refugee Children

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

    The Women’s Refugee Commission is pleased to support a new bill by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) that will expand access to legal services for asylum seekers and grant legal representation to unaccompanied children. 

    Concern for Women and Children at Turkish Border

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    Statement by Sarah Costa, Executive Director

    We are particularly concerned for the refugee women and children currently on the Turkish border and are hopeful that they will be able to leave the violence of Syria soon. Again, we renew our call for the humanitarian response in Turkey to consider the needs of women and girls and to take the necessary steps to mitigate and respond to the higher incidences of violence that befall them in such chaotic situations.

    ICE Arrests Student While Claiming Not to Be Conducting Raids

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

    Apprehending a high school student while his parents looked on, unable to help, for the purpose of sending him back to the murderous criminal gangs he fled, is beyond any reasonable comprehension.