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    Empower Refugee Youth: Youth Education Programme

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    The Global Refugee Youth Consultations in 22 countries, organised by UNHCR and the Women’s Refugee Commission in 2015 and 20161 , brought a request from refugee youth for UNHCR and partners to ensure that young refugees are given opportunities to shape their own futures, and develop the skills they need during displacement and beyond. The importance of post-primary education is expressed throughout the Seven Core Actions for Refugee Youth emerging from the Global Refugee Youth Consultations, including addressing the need to empower youth through meaningful engagement, as well as to recognise, utilise, and develop youth capacities and skills.

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    'People will die': Obama official's stark warning as Trump slashes refugee numbers

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    "There is no question that from the very beginning this administration had a goal to shut down or extremely limit the refugee program,” said Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission.

    Trump officials claim they are unaware of health risks associated with child detention

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    "A reminder as the hearing ends: Flores protects children, is grounded in child welfare principles, & ensures court oversight. This admin is desperately trying to overturn it  to be able to lock up more children, for longer periods of time, & make it even harder to seek protection."

    Seeking asylum

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    To qualify for asylum in the United States, you have to prove that you can’t return to your home country because you have suffered, or are likely to suffer, persecution there. But how do you provide evidence that returning home could put you in danger? Who’s actually deemed eligible for asylum, and who’s turned away, especially under the Trump administration?

    Emmylou Harris on ‘Sally Rose’ Reissue, Influence of Springsteen’s ‘Nebraska’

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    Later in October,the artist will join Steve Earle, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Graham Nash and more for the Lantern Tour, a five-city trek to raise awareness and funds for the mission of the Women's Refugee Commission.

    After Trump's Family Separation Plan, One mother’s Hellish Journey to Find Her 8-Year-Old Son

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    According to a government source familiar with the crisis, no protocols were put in place for the Department of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services to track families who were broken apart, “leaving behind paper files, incomplete lists of names and a black hole.” There are no records of many deported parents’ locations, especially if they were fleeing violence in their home countries, says Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission. “Let’s not forget,” she tells me, “the government separated these families with really no plan for ­reunifying them.” (The administration is still seeking to harden immigration policy. In September, it moved to sidestep time limits on child detention. If approved, a new regulation would allow authorities to hold kids with their parents indefinitely until cases are resolved in immigration court.)

    The Trump administration wants to bypass rules that protect immigrant children

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    “This is an administration that has not complied with the settlement agreement as it is,” Michelle Brane, the director of Migrant Rights and Justice at the Women’s Refugee Commission, told NPR.

    Trump Administration Wants To Keep Children In Immigration Detention Longer Than What Is Legally Required

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    “The Trump administration has been whittling away at the basic rights of women and children since they came into office,” Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission told The New York Times.

    Trump Administration Plans to Triple Size of Tent Camp for Migrant Children

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    The Women’s Refugee Commission and National Immigrant Justice Center predicted the effects of the agreement this summer, writing that it would “accelerate not only the decline in releases to parents, but also releases overall, leading to longer stays in ORR custody.”

    Shelters for child immigrants struggle with accountability, consistent monitoring

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    In 2009 researchers with the Women's Refugee Commission predicted that “problems related to providing care and safety in increasingly large facilities are likely to deepen as apprehensions continue to increase, unless DUCS (Division of Unaccompanied Children Services) begins to rely on smaller, more homelike facilities with better staff-to-child ratios.”

    Trump Administration Wants Authority Detain Migrant Families Longer Than 20 Days

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    “Efforts to weaken or eliminate basic child protection standards by calling them a burden or loopholes, and eliminating their obligations for the basic care of children, is just another example of the administration’s abdication of human rights,” said Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission.

    La nueva norma de Trump que busca extender el periodo de detención de niños inmigrantes

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    La directora del programa de Derechos Migrantes y Justicia de la organización Women’s Refugee Commission, Michelle Brané, sostuvo que las propuestas del gobierno demuestran que éste “ha abdicado respecto al resguardo de los Derechos Humanos”.

    Jeff Sessions Is Executing Trump’s Immigration Plans With a Quiet, Efficient Brutality

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    “Women and children will die as a result of these policies,” Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, told Mother Jones when the decision was first announced.

    The Trump Administration Plans To Detain More Children And For Longer

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    Michelle Brané, the director of migrant rights and justice at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said the government should assign immigrants case managers who help them through the legal process, a solution that is both more humane and cost-effective than detention. 

    Joan Baez, Willie Nelson and local legends galore: Your guide to the hottest concerts of fall

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    The Lantern Tour with Emmylou Harris, Oct. 27, Orpheum Theatre: Harris teams with Jackson Browne, Lila Downs and Steve Earle for a concert to benefit the Women’s Refugee Commission. Art and advocacy stand hand-in-hand at this acoustic show looking to raise funds for and shine a light on America’s immigration crisis.

    Trump Push for Indefinite Detention of Children is Morally Bankrupt and Inhumane

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    The Trump administration has been whittling away at the basic rights of women and children since they came into office. Efforts to weaken or eliminate basic child protection standards by calling them loopholes and eliminating their obligations for the basic care of children is just another example of this administration’s abdication of human rights.

    As 400+ Children Remain Separated From Parents, Trump Admin Wants to Detain Kids Indefinitely

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    The steering committee is comprised of Women’s Refugee Commission, KIND, Paul Weiss law firm, and Justice in Motion, and we have a defender network of 44 human rights organizations and human rights lawyers in Mexico and Central America that are being mobilized to search for these parents.

    Homeland Security seeks indefinite detention of immigrant families

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    “It’s clear that this administration is not going to hold itself responsible for the welfare of these children,” said Katharina Obser, a policy adviser with the nonprofit Women’s Refugee Commission.

    Trump quiere nuevo plan de "Tolerancia Cero"

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    "El gobierno de Trump ya ha estado recortando los derechos básicos de mujeres y de niños desde que llegó al poder", dijo Michelle Brané, directora del programa de Derechos Migrantes y Justicia de la organización Women's Refugee Commission.

    Trump Administration Proposes Rule To Allow Longer Detention Of Migrant Children

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    "This is an administration that has not complied with the settlement agreement as it is," Michelle Brane, the director of Migrant Rights and Justice at the Women's Refugee Commission, told NPR.