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    Undocumented Women Forced To Give Birth While Shackled And In Police Custody

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    Michelle Brané, Director, Detention and Asylum, is quoted in Cristina Costantini's Huffington Post article, "Undocumented Women Forced To Give Birth While Shackled And In Police Custody."

    At Risk of Deportation and Thrown Into the Clutches of Known Killers

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    Michelle Brané, Director, Detention & Asylum, has a piece in the Huffington Post about the case of an Albanian immigrant whose family is threatened because of his willingness to testify against an Albanian mobster and human trafficker.


    Child advocates say more should be done to assist immigrant minors crossing the border

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    A recent article mentioning WRC highlights the many risks unaccompanied children face at the U.S.-Mexico border and what we can do about it.

    Lives in the Balance: No Time to Waste in the Horn of Africa

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    In this Huffington Post article, Women's Refugee Commission board members explain why the world needs to act now to save lives in the Horn of Africa.

    Don’t Skimp on Aid to East Africa–Women Will Pay the Price

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    The Women's Refugee Commission is mentioned in Christie Thompson's Ms. Magazine blog, "Don’t Skimp on Aid to East Africa–Women Will Pay the Price."

    Children Of Immigrants Face Hardship To Keep Families Together

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    Michelle Brané, director of the Detention and Asylum Program, is quoted in Elise Foley's Huffington Post article, "Children Of Immigrants Face Hardship To Keep Families Together."

    When Food Is Not Enough to Stop Famine

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    Read the Huffington Post piece by Senior Program Officer Erin Patrick on the cooking fuel needs of the thousands of Somalis fleeing famine and pouring into Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya.

    Famine refugees face increased violence, aid groups say

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    Erin Patrick, Senior Program Officer, Fuel and Firewood Initiative, is quoted in Lily Boisson's CBC News article,  "Famine refugees face increased violence, aid groups say."

    Thousands of Migrant Kids Trapped Inside the World’s Border Politics

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    Jennifer Podkul, Program Officer, Detention and Asylum, is quoted in Michelle Chen's article, "Thousands of Migrant Kids Trapped Inside the World’s Border Politics."

    For Immigrants, Is the United States a Safe Haven or Prison Ward?

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    Michelle Brané, Director, Detention and Asylum Program, writes about a proposed House bill that will curtail the civil liberties and due process rights of immigrants held in detention in this Huffington Post blog. "For Immigrants, Is the United States a Safe Haven or Prison Ward?"

    Immigrants Who Fight Deportation Are Packed Into Federal Gulags for Months or Years Before Their Cases Are Heard

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    The Women's Refugee Commission is mentioned in Gregory Pratt's Phoenix New Times article, "Immigrants Who Fight Deportation Are Packed Into Federal Gulags for Months or Years Before Their Cases Are Heard."

    Using Social Media to Save Women's Lives

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    Sarah Costa, Executive Director of the Women's Refugee Commission, writes about Mama: Together for Safe Births in Crises in this Huffington Post article.

    The article is also featured on the Huff Post Impact's main page.

    Prison Sexual Assault Reforms Won't Cover Immigrant Detention Centers

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    Michelle Brané, Director for the Women's Refugee Commission's Detention and Asylum program, is quoted in Elise Foley's Huffington Post article, "Prison Sexual Assault Reforms Won't Cover Immigrant Detention Centers":

    "'Immigration detainees are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault because their jailer is also making a decision about deporting them,' said Brané, whose advocacy group is housed within the International Rescue Committee. 'That makes it that much more difficult for someone to say something.'"

    Urban Refugees: Ingenuity is Essential to Making Ends Meet in Nairobi

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    Women's Refugee Commission's Senior Program Officer for Livelihoods, Jina Krause-Vilmar, has her blog posted on the Huffington Post. Click here to read "Urban Refugees: Ingenuity is Essential to Making Ends Meet in Nairobi".

    Delayed Justice for Guatemalan Mother Encarnación Bail Romero

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    Michelle Brané's blog, Delayed Justice for Guatemalan Mother Encarnación Bail Romer, appears on Huffington Post's Huff Post Impact page. See the Women's Refugee Commission's Director of Detention and Asylum's blog on Huffington Post here.

    Federal Officials Send 4-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Back To Guatemala

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    Michelle Brané, Director for the Women's Refugee Commission's Detention and Asylum Program, is quoted in this Huffington Post article on the case of Emily Ruiz—a young girl born in the United States who was sent to Guatemala, separated from her undocumented parents who remain in this country.

    Pregnancies Don't Wait for Emergencies to End

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    Sandra Krause, reproductive health programme director for WRC, discusses the newly updated Inter-Agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings in this IPS news article.

    Children of illegal immigrants caught in middle of adoption fights

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    This article was written by Laura Bauer of the Kansas City Star. The original article can be read here.

    In a small community in southwest Missouri, one little boy is torn between two families, two worlds.

    He even has two identities.

    His Guatemalan birth mother named him Carlos. To his adoptive parents, the couple he calls mommy and daddy, he’s Jamison.

    And today his future is more uncertain than ever.

    Will the 4-year-old boy remain Jamison and stay in Carthage with Melinda and Seth Moser, who adopted him more than two years ago and cared for him a year before that?

    Or will he go back to his birth mother, Encarnacion Bail Romero, an illegal immigrant who last held him on May 22, 2007, the day she was picked up in an immigration raid at a Barry County poultry plant. He was just 7 months old.

    It’s an emotional case that wedges the boy, who likes to play ball and watch Nickelodeon, between federal immigration laws and state adoption laws. Where what’s legal may clash with what some people view as what’s right. It’s also a case bringing nationwide attention to the plight of children who get tangled in the system when moms or dads are detained or deported.

    Read more: Children of illegal immigrants caught in middle of adoption fights

    Dale Buscher Interview on BBC World News

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    Dale Buscher, director of protection, talks with BBC World News about conditions for children living in refugee camps.

    Clean-Burning Cookstoves for Developing Countries

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    A letter from executive director, Sarah Costa, on clean-burning cook stoves is in today's online edition of the New York Times. Read the letter below.

    To the Editor:

    Re “Developing Nations to Get Clean-Burning Cookstoves” (news article, Sept. 21):

    It is great news that the United States will provide $50 million to help provide clean-burning cookstoves for villages in Asia, Africa and South America. In addition to the appalling health risks (1.9 million deaths a year due to inhaling smoke from open fires) and the environmental devastation caused by cutting down trees for fuel, women and girls risk rape and sexual violence when they gather wood to cook or sell.

    This is particularly true in refugee camps and other displaced settings, where fuel is typically not provided to cook the food that displaced people receive.

    In addition, girls may miss out on education opportunities as they spend hours each day foraging for cooking fuel or stay at home to watch younger siblings as their mothers collect firewood.

    It is essential that the clean-burning stove initiative — both the provision of stoves and the development of local stove-making businesses — reaches humanitarian settings, as it will enhance the protection of refugee women and girls immeasurably.

    Sarah Costa
    New York, Sept. 21, 2010

    Find the full article, posted on the online edition of the New York Times here.