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Des migrants victimes d'abus sexuels de la part de la police de l'immigration aux Etats-Unis

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L'ancien assistant directeur de l'ICE soutient pour The New York Times que le réel problème ne réside pas dans les politiques mais dans leur application sur place, au sein des centres. Néanmoins, ce sont toujours des situations où les femmes demeurent être des proies faciles : "Chaque fois que vous vous retrouvez avec une population particulièrement vulnérable, détenue dans un endroit aussi confiné, cela crée de nouvelles possibles agressions.", explique simplement Michelle Brané, directrice de la Women's refugee Commission.

Under tight deadline, government ramps up efforts to reunify immigrant families

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Michelle Brané, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said the government’s list remains incomplete because it only includes separated children in its custody on the date of the judge’s order in June. Many may have been released to adult sponsors, usually relatives, before then. “This is not the total list of separated families by any means,” she said.

A handy guide to the immigrant rights activists and experts you should follow on Twitter

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As the director of the migrant rights and justice program at the nonprofit organization Women’s Refugee Commission, Brané advocates for the needs of immigrant women, children, and other vulnerable migrant populations in the United States. Her Twitter account has recently focused on the human rights implications of Trump’s zero-tolerance policy.

Trump's immigration policies were supposed to make the border safer. Experts say the opposite is happening.

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"Ironically, these policies that claim to be trying to clamp down and secure the border and stop smuggling and stop traffickers... actually empower the traffickers, the cartels, the smugglers," says Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women's Refugee Commission.

Immigration Activists Bash Trump’s Family Reunification Plan

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“They have been fighting this every step of the way,” Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, told The Daily Beast. “If they wanted to, they could have released parents and arranged for those unifications in a much more coordinated and simple way—but they’ve been so resistant to any kind of appearance that they are treating these people humanely.”

The Activist Effort to Find the Children the Government Took From Their Parents

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Later that afternoon, Gelernt got in touch with a group of immigrant-rights advocates. Together, they came up with a plan to assemble their own list of the children and parents who remained separated. It was a complex undertaking that immigration attorneys have been discussing, in mostly aspirational terms, for months. Now, in order to hold the government to the judge’s deadline, they had a single weekend to pull something together. “The A.C.L.U. wanted this by Sunday night,” Michelle Brané, of the Women’s Refugee Commission, told me. “And it was a holiday weekend.”

[LISTEN] Where do cash-based interventions fit in programming for women’s protection and empowerment?

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Livelihoods support can provide a route to economic well-being with the means of moving beneficiaries on the path from survival to long-term recovery. Cash-based interventions are one type in the form of direct financial assistance. How can we acknowledge and mitigate the risks of cash for survivors of gender-based violence? What are the models to consider? In this episode, we talked with Tenzin Manell of the Women’s Refugee Commission to hear more.

tags: Livelihoods

ACLU demands more information on why feds won’t reunite some immigrant kids with parents

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“Our message has been clear all along: Do not risk your own life or the life of your child by attempting to enter the United States illegally. Apply lawfully and wait your turn.”

But in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, attorneys like Michelle Brané of the Women’s Refugee Commission said the harm done to families by breaking them up as they crossed the border must be rectified.

Half of migrants under 5 reunited with parents, though rest remain ‘ineligible’

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“That opens up the reality that there are likely many U.S. citizen children who have been separated from their parents,” said Michelle Brané, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, a national advocacy group.

In at least one other case, she said an American child had been separated from his family at the border and sent to a state welfare agency because he did not qualify for placement with the Office of Refugee Resettlement., which is charged with the care of immigrant children.

A Guatemalan Family Faces Endless Obstacles as They Struggle to Recover a 9-Year-Old Boy From U.S. Custody

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Advocates worry that this policy will result in potential sponsors being scared off or unable to come forward for children, because the adults may themselves be undocumented or living with others who are; the Women’s Refugee Commission and the National Immigrant Justice Center have said that the new agreement indicates that “DHS and HHS see children as bait or suspects first, not children.”

Gobierno de EE.UU. mantiene tensa reunión con activistas sobre crisis migratoria

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El encuentro, organizado por iniciativa de DHS, duró unos 40 minutos y a él asistieron representantes de los grupos American Immigration Council, National Immigrant Justice Center, Human Rights First y Women's Refugee Commission, además de otras organizaciones que decidieron no hacer pública su asistencia a la cita.

Trump Fingerprint Policy Is Likely Reducing Immigrant Family Reunification

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Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, told TYT, “We’re really concerned that this kind of a policy drives children further into danger.” She said it means children could “sit in ORR custody [longer]…children in custody long-term is not a good idea.”

All our favorite authors came together to stand against the USA’s cruel immigration policies

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The money collected through the fundraiser is being donated to six organizations actively working towards reuniting families, namely The Florence Project, ACLU, RAICES, Women’s Refugee Commission, Kids in Need of Defense and Al Otro Lado.  It’s beautiful to witness the writers you’ve come to love and adore take a step towards voicing against the injustice happening in the country. As a reader, and a member of the community myself, I feel proud and hopeful when I see these kinds of selfless acts of kindness.

Meet the Women Defending Migrant Children on Our Border

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“I come from a family of refugees—my mother left Hungary during WWII, and my dad’s from Argentina,” said Brané. “So I grew up with refugee stories. It hit home for me.” After stints as a human right officer in Bosnia and at the Justice Department, she joined the Women’s Refugee Commission. “We're the people who have access to go into the facilities, who understand what they're required to do by law, what the child welfare protocols should be. We also visit the border patrol stations and the processing centers where the actual separation are happening.”

Mark Rylance Calls for Mass Protest During Donald Trump's U.K. Visit

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Fellow Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave also appeared at Thursday's event, describing her experience visiting prisons and detention centers for refugees in the U.S. and reading a letter sent to her from Michelle Brane of the Women's Refugee Commission about the ongoing horrors of migrant children being separated from their parents. 

The Trump Administration's Own Numbers Show "Zero Tolerance" Didn't Work

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“This shows what we’ve been saying all along, which is people fleeing persecution and fleeing for their lives are not going to be deterred,” said Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program for the Women’s Refugee Commission. “Deterrence doesn’t work; all it does is put people in further danger.”

Building resilience through Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE)

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The Task Force was established in March 2007 ‘to reduce exposure to violence, contribute to the protection of and ease the burden on those populations collecting wood in humanitarian settings worldwide, through solutions which will promote safe access to appropriate energy and reduce environmental impacts while ensuring accountability’ (WFP 2012). The World Food Programme (WFP), the Women’s Refugee Commission and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) co-chaired the Task Force, which consisted of 14 other IASC members and non-member agencies.

OPINION: The Most Anti-Woman President Ever

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Michelle Brané, director of the Women’s Refugee Commission’s migrant rights and justice program, said “Women and children will die as a result of these policies.”

These child abuses shut down Obama’s family detention policy. Trump is resurrecting it.

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“It feels like déjà vu,” said Michelle Brané, migrant rights director at the Women’s Refugee Commission, a non-profit advocacy group. “It is frustrating.”

At 9 He Lost His Mom to Gang Violence. At 12 He Lost His Dad to Trump’s Immigration Policies.

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The Women’s Refugee Commission and National Immigrant Justice Center said it was clear “D.H.S. and H.H.S. see children as bait or suspects first, not children.”