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    ICE paves way to detain more pregnant immigrants

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    Calling it an "attack on women and children," Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program at Women's Refugee Commission, said the organization "condemns" the move.

    ICE paves way to detain more pregnant immigrants

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    Calling it an “attack on women and children,” Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program at Women’s Refugee Commission, said the organization “condemns” the move.

    U.S. Ends Presumed Freedom for Pregnant Immigrants

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    Michelle Brane, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program with the Women’s Refugee Commission, criticized the move and said many women entering the United States are pregnant due to rape. “Detention is especially traumatic for pregnant women and even more so for victims of rape and gender-based violence,” she said in a statement.

    Reps. Roybal-Allard And Torres Introduce Help Separated Families Act

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    'WRC applauds this effort by Representatives Roybal-Allard and Torres to help ensure that children in the child welfare system who have detained or deported parents will be able to reunify with their parents or live in the permanent care of other relatives, and that states have the ability and flexibility to appropriately serve families affected by enforcement and to work towards the goal of family reunification,' said Emily Butera, senior policy advisor in the Women's Refugee Commission's (WRC) Migrant Rights & Justice program.

    For Immigrant Women, Crossing the Border Doesn’t End Their Struggle

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    "When someone arrives at our borders and legally asks for asylum…and that request is met with detention in a prison setting, [that] in and of itself is very traumatizing,” says Katharina Obser of Women’s Refugee Commission. 

    US government accused of unlawfully separating hundreds of migrant families

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    There have been at least 429 cases of immigrant parents being separated from their children in the past two years, according to a class-action lawsuit filed on Friday against the Trump administration.

    ACLU Sues Trump Administration for Separating Immigrant Families

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    The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class–action lawsuit against the U.S. government for separating immigrant parents from their children while the families seek asylum in the country.

    ACLU files lawsuit accusing U.S. of broadly separating immigrant families seeking asylum

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    Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program for the Women's Refugee Commission, said that through attorneys and social service organizations, she had identified at least 426 immigrant adults and children who had been separated by authorities since Trump took office in January 2017.

    ACLU sues Trump administration over separation of families at the border

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    In just one of four sworn statements entered along with the lawsuit, Michelle Brane, an attorney and director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, says "We have been able to identify separation of parents from children at the border in at least 429 cases collected from our own experience, legal service providers, attorneys, and social service agencies around the country."

    ACLU files lawsuit claiming the U.S. broadly separates immigrant families seeking asylum

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    Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program for the Women’s Refugee Commission, said that through attorneys and social service organizations, she had identified at least 426 immigrant adults and children who had been separated by authorities since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017. Brané said she did not have a comparable figure for Obama’s administration.

    ACLU challenges Trump administration practice of separating migrant parents and children

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    In Friday's filing, Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program for the Women's Refugee Commission, a nonprofit in Washington D.C., said the group had found 426 cases of immigrant parents and children who have been separated, either because the adults were prosecuted or because they were split in immigrant detention.

    ACLU class action lawsuit seeks to block immigrant family separations

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    Michelle Brane, the director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program at the Women's Refugee Commission said that while separations did exist under the Obama administration at times, she's seen a significant increase since June 2017. She said it is difficult to track how many family members are involved because the government does not keep trackable records of the separations, and the majority of immigrant detainees do not have attorneys to document their case.

    ACLU sues Trump administration to stop family separation

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    Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program for the Women’s Refugee Commission, said that through attorneys and social service organizations, she had identified at least 426 immigrant adults and children who had been separated by authorities since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017. Brané said she did not have a comparable figure for Obama’s administration.

    New Ali Center Exhibit ‘Shines A Light’ On Refugee Women

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    “Suddenly they’re also collecting water, going out and collecting firewood, they’re taking on the responsibility of elderly parents,” said Dale Buscher, senior director for programs at the Women’s Refugee Commission. “The responsibility and the workload that women carry while they’re displaced just increases tremendously. And I think some of that continues, obviously with different activities when they enter a country of resettlement like the U.S.”

    Trump administration frees asylum-seeking mom after ACLU suit

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    Such a practice is "so fundamentally unconscionable it defies countless international and domestic laws on child welfare, human rights and refugees," according to a complaint advocacy groups, including the Women's Refugee Commission, filed with the Department of Homeland Security in December.

    Sen. Hirono Introduces Bill to Help Minors Appearing in Immigration Court

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    Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai‘i) led 12 Senators in introducing the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act to provide unaccompanied children with access to legal representation when they appear in removal proceedings before an immigration judge.

    Salvadoran mother detained and separated from her child at border to be freed

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    To crack down, the administration began criminally prosecuting parents like Vasquez last summer and removing their children. The practice enables the government to sidestep a 20-year-old federal settlement that holds children should not be incarcerated and must be kept with their parents if possible.

    U.S. Border Agents Routinely Locking Up Families with Young Children In 'Freezing Cells' for Days, Report Says

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    U.S. border agents are routinely holding families, including young children, in "freezing cells" and conditions that violate international and national policies, a new report by Human Rights Watch alleges.

    Ending child marriage in Lebanon: films like 'Nour' can make a difference

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    A recent study done by the Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) in Lebanon found that fear of gender-based violence (GBV) – and especially rape – drove many families to marry their daughters.

    Cash Payments During Crisis Can Give Women More Power at Home

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    A growing number of NGOs are adding cash assistance to their aid programming, often targeting the support to women. Some groups find that giving money can boost women’s financial autonomy, but others say handing over cash is only a small part of the solution.

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