NBC News: 24 Deaths in ICE Custody During Trump Era

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"What we're seeing is a reckless and unprecedented expansion of a system that is punitive, harmful, and costly," Women's Refugee Commission senior policy adviser Katharina Obser told NBC News. "The U.S. government is not even doing the bare minimum to ensure [immigrants] are getting the medical care and the mental healthcare they need."

24 immigrants have died in ICE custody during the Trump administration

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"What we're seeing is a reckless and unprecedented expansion of a system that is punitive, harmful and costly," said Katharina Obser, senior policy adviser at the Women's Refugee Commission, an advocacy group. "The U.S. government is not even doing the bare minimum to ensure [immigrants] are getting the medical care and the mental health care they need."

Trump’s tariff deadline draws near

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"This flies in the face of the refugee convention and our asylum laws and is a fatal blow to the men, women and children fleeing violence and persecution,” tweeted Michelle Brané of the Women's Refugee Commission, adding the hashtag “#PeopleWillDie.”


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Kizuka's organization—and others like Medicins Sans Frontiers and the Women's Refugee Commission—have completed research projects analyzing the conditions asylum seekers experience in Mexico. The reports have found that many of the kinds of persecution asylum seekers flee in other countries—gender-based violence, deadly homophobia and transphobia, gang extortion, and slavery—are prevalent in Mexico. 

What is a safe third country agreement?

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That could be an issue with Mexico, as its capacity to process and protect asylum-seekers is seen as insufficient, according to a 2018 report by the Women's Refugee Commission.

“Many migrants are arbitrarily detained in poor conditions in processing facilities upon apprehension,” reads the report on Mexico's refugee capacity.

Trump Administration To Deprive Migrant Kids In Shelters Of English Lessons, Legal Aid

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“This is a management crisis,” said Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program at the Women’s Refugee Commission. “These policies create chaotic and dangerous situations and harm children.”

18% of Syrians Married Before 19 in Lebanon

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A recent study of early marriage among Syrian refugees in south Lebanon has found that around 18 percent of women in those communities are married by the age of 19.

The research...was...part of a multicountry study looking at the prevalence of early and forced marriage in “fragile and humanitarian contexts” and to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention programs.

The larger project, which includes research in Lebanon, Ethiopia and Kachin State, Myanmar, was launched by the Women’s Refugee Commission in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Kachin Development Group and AiW.


The Trump administration is deporting thousands of migrant families for missing a hearing

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“There is nothing inherently illegal about trying to arrest and deport people with final orders — it’s just operationally difficult,” said Michelle Brané, director of Migrant Rights and Justice at the Women's Refugee Commission. “It means deprioritizing something else. They have been swinging blindly wherever they’ve seen an opportunity.”

Libyen: Routinemässig Folter und Vergewaltigung

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Flüchtlinge und Migranten, die versuchen, von Afrika nach Europa zu gelangen, sind in offiziellen wie inoffiziellen libyschen Haftanstalten routinemässig sexueller Gewalt ausgesetzt, ergab eine Umfrage der «Women's Refugee Commission».

Kushner's immigration plan has skeptics lining up on both sides

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"We'll be looking out for whether the proposal complies with basic child protection standards: Is it compliant or is this a way to legitimize a way to not comply?" said Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program at the Women's Refugee Commission, which advocates for displaced women and children.

Trump admin expands collecting biometric data from migrants

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Ursela Ojeda, policy advisor for migrant rights and justice at the Women's Refugee Commission, said she was "extremely concerned" about what the actual definition of a "false family unit" would be. She said migrant families fleeing violence in Central America may not fit the definition of a biological parent and child or legal guardian but may still be a legitimate family.

"In cases like that where the DNA would not necessarily match up, what's going to happen in those situations?" she said.

How Proposed Asylum Rule Changes Would Affect Asylum-Seekers

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Michelle Brané, senior director, Migrant Rights & Justice program, talks with NPR's David Greene on Morning Edition about the Trump administration's proposal to charge fees to asylum seekers.

Trump suggests charging US asylum seekers a fee

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Some immigration activists have condemned the latest move by the Trump administration, including Michelle Brané, the director of migrant rights and justice at the Women's Refugee Commission. 

Asylum Seekers Face New Restraints Under Latest Trump Orders

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“The entire idea of asylum is that it’s something that you need because you are fleeing some sort of violence or persecution,” [Michelle Brane, director of the Women's Refugee Commission's Migrant Rights and Justice program] said, “and to then say that it’s only accessible to people who can pay a fee doesn’t make sense.”

Trump Administration Surveilled Migrant Family Separation Protests

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Katharina Obser with the Women’s Refugee Commission said in the statement that the Trump administration’s family separation policy has deeply traumatized migrants.

“That federal agencies knew of this trauma and yet chose to disregard it in the name of an abhorrent deterrence strategy is unconscionable,” Obser said. “There is still so much more we need to fully uncover to understand what this administration did and didn’t do to inflict and subsequently address the harm caused by its family separation policies, but these documents re-emphasize that we must hold them to account.”

Detention centre opened but migrants too frightened to leave as war reaches Tripoli

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A study last month by the Women's Refugee Commission, a U.S.-based charity, said refugees and migrants trying to reach Italy through Libya were victims of horrific sexual violence. 

Posição antiaborto dos EUA força ONU a mudar resolução sobre violações

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Stephanie Johanssen, da Comissão das Mulheres Refugiadas, mostrou-se “desiludida com a Alemanha por ceder às ameaças de veto” e referiu-se à resolução final como “um passo atrás”.

“Forçar mulheres e raparigas que engravidaram por violação a manterem a gravidez é desprezível”, disse a responsável.

Onu, niente aborto per gli stupri di guerra: "Colpa dello stop Usa"

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 «È deludente che la Germania abbia ceduto alle minacce di veto», ha commentato Stephanie Johanssen della Women's Refugee Commission, definendo la risoluzione «un passo indietro». 

U.N. Caves to Trump Administration Threat and Cuts ‘Reproductive Health’ From Anti-Rape Resolution

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“It’s disappointing that Germany gave into the veto threats,” said Stephanie Johanssen of the Women’s Refugee Commission, who called the resolution a “step backwards.”

She added, “Forcing women and girls who become pregnant as a result of rape [to carry the pregnancy] is despicable.”

A right-wing militia group operating in southern New Mexico has begun stopping groups of migrant families and detaining them at gunpoint before handing them over to Border Patrol agents, raising tension over the tactics of armed vigilantes along the borde

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Ursela Ojeda, a policy adviser in Washington for the Women’s Refugee Commission ... called the actions of the militia “highly problematic.”

“These are families, and lots of young children, fleeing dangerous situations,” Ms. Ojeda said. “I have a hard time seeing how someone has a right to point a loaded weapon at these families.”