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    Obama Wants to Let More Central American Migrants Apply for Asylum

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    "In the very beginning, we saw complete denial and refusal to acknowledge any eligibility for refugee status," Brané said. "They were really insistent for the first several years that this was a purely economic issue or that general violence didn't rise to the level of persecution. I think that is evolving."

    The Quiet Crisis of Europe’s Pregnant Refugees

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    "Researchers at the Women's Refugee Commission found that women often left hospitals less than 24 hours after giving birth, some having had a Caesarean section."

    Uganda Green Energy Program Keeps Refugee Women Safe from Assault

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    "Girls told researchers from the Women’s Refugee Commission that they face sexual violence when they collect firewood. The stoves and briquettes could eliminate some of the threat of sexual assault in the settlement."

    After the Assault: Female Zones in Swedish Asylum Centers [Swedish]

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    Research by the Women's Refugee Commission reveals dangerous patterns of risk at refugee detention centers. [Article in Swedish]

    National Scandal that Women Need to Escape Swedish Asylum Accommodation [Swedish]

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    "The Women's Refugee Commission criticized the Swedish system on a range of points, including the critical overcrowding of reception centers. And there are signs that abuse is not taken seriously." [Article in Swedish]

    What’s in a name? Migrant vs. refugee vs. illegal immigrant

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    When refugees sought safety in the U.S. in 2014 and 2015, their due process rights were violated because "the administration panicked. They weren’t ready. There were a lot of kids and families arriving at the border, and the reaction was, 'We’ve got to stop it,'" said Michelle Brané, of the Women’s Refugee Commission.

    Lone Women ‘Easy Targets’ for Exploitation in E.U.

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    "Deterrence just encourages more dangerous routes or more smuggling,” says Deni Robey, strategic communications director for the Women’s Refugee Commission.

    U.S. immigration authorities begin a new round of deportation raids

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    "The administration is telling us that they are only focusing on children and families [who] have had an opportunity to request legal protection," explains Michelle Brané of the Women’s Refugee Commission. "However, it’s been very clear from the last round of raids that this is not consistently the case."

    Child Marriage Increases After Natural Disasters. Here’s How To Prevent It

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    “Poverty, exacerbated in displacement, is a driver of early marriage as parents hope to secure a daughter’s future or to meet basic needs,”noted Jennifer Schlecht of the Women's Refugee Commission.

    Harsh Streets Push Female Refugees Toward E.U.

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    "We visit women struggling to find shelter and make a living – two key problems the Women's Refugee Commission cites as driving gender-based violence against urban refugees, especially in countries neighboring Syria."

    Immigrant students blocked from enrolling in school

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    "U.S. law is clear on this point — no child in the United States should be excluded from public education. That doesn't always play out in practice," said Mikaela Harris, a co-author of a study issued by the Women's Refugee Commission and Georgetown University.

    The Shackle: A private government contractor's tracking device for non-documented immigrants is drawing fire

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    GPS tracking devices offer "a wrongheaded "solution" to something that was not a problem in the first place."

    Refugee Women Are Carrying More Than An Uncertain Future

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    “If we don’t provide safety, we’re throwing women and girls into the hands of smugglers," said Sarah Costa, Executive Director

    Detaining Immigrant Kids Hasn’t Worked. The US Wants to Try Something New.

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    As the Obama administration shifts family detention facilities toward other populations, it remains to be seen whether this signals the end of family detention or merely a new incarnation. But there is cause for hope: "If the numbers continue the way they are, there’s no reason to have half-empty facilities," said Michelle Brané, director of immigrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission.

    The Unique Challenges of Being a Young, Female Syrian Refugee

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    In a crisis, "one of the responses is to restrict girls' mobility to keep them safe...but it comes at a huge cost to their futures," says Dale Buscher, Senior Director of Programs at the Women's Refugee Commission.

    This Is Why Europe’s New Deal On Refugees Could Put Women At Risk

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    “When women feel they have no option, or when their usual protections break down, they do whatever they have to do to survive. And that means from Turkey, some women are selling their bodies for passage," said Deni Robey, director of strategic communications.

    Women And Kids Now Driving Migration Wave Into Europe

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    "Europe parallels some of the same issues that Central American women and children face when they make the dangerous trek into the United States. [There], a Women’s Refugee Commission report found that children reported sexual abuse by smuggling guides."

    Is the U.S. “Failing” Migrant Children Fleeing Violence?

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    A string of agencies are charged with ensuring children are properly screened for refugee or asylum claims, and ultimately transferred to safe homes until their cases can be heard in court. But the crush of arrivals has strained the system.

    U.S. refugee agency put Central American kids at risk, GAO report says

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    Government procedures have endangered children seeking asylum in the United States. A drastically increased caseload "showed weaknesses in the system. It was like a magnifying glass," explains Jennifer Podkul of the Women’s Refugee Commission.

    How Mexico Became Tougher Than The United States On Migrants

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    “The traditional routes had mechanisms for protecting migrants," said Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission. “Since the migration patterns are new, they aren't established, so that really these populations are that much more at risk to all the horrible things we already know they faced.”