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    Piden que cumbre centroamericana ofrezca respuestas a “crisis de refugiados”

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    En vísperas de la cumbre regional sobre Centroamérica en Miami (Florida), líderes cívicos y religiosos afirmaron este martes que el encuentro debe incluir respuestas a la “crisis de refugiados” en el “Triángulo del Norte”, y las causas que obligan a su éxodo masivo hacia EEUU.

    Durante una conferencia telefónica, los activistas y expertos en materia migratoria coincidieron en que la reunión en Miami, entre el jueves y viernes  próximos, bautizada como la “Conferencia sobre la Prosperidad y Seguridad en Centroamérica”, debe abordar políticas que garanticen los derechos de los solicitantes de asilo, muchos de los cuales terminan encerrados en centros de detención y de forma prolongada.

    ICE Shuts Down Program for Asylum-Seekers

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    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will soon close a family case management program for asylum-seekers that, as of April 19, housed more than 630 families. According to Sarah Rodriguez, an ICE spokesperson, the program caters to “special populations, such as pregnant women, nursing mothers, [and] families with very young children.” It is currently considered the least-restrictive alternative for asylum-seekers who come to the U.S. illegally. The more common scenario is for immigrants and refugees to be held in prison-like detention centers as they wait for their cases to be heard in the immigration court system.

    Trump administration shutters a program geared to protect immigrant mothers and children

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    HOUSTON (AP) — The Trump administration is shutting down the least restrictive alternative to detention available to asylum-seekers who have entered the U.S. illegally, The Associated Press has learned.

    Immigration activists consider the move a callous insult to migrants fleeing traumatic violence and poverty — nearly all the program's participants are Central American mothers and children — by a White House that has prioritized deportations that break up families over assimilating refugees.

    11 Experts to Watch on Refugee Health

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    Refugee health has been called “a public health crisis of this century,” needing as much attention and collaboration over resources as global epidemics such as polio and HIV/AIDS.

    From war trauma to women’s health, refugees have a complex spectrum of medical needs, bringing challenges for displaced populations, their host countries and aid organizations.

    Many refugees who have fled war or ethnic and political violence are exposed to exploitation and abuse along their migration route, leaving them vulnerable to mental health issues such as depression, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some children born in conflict zones may have to deal with toxic stress for their entire lives.

    Babatunde Osotimehin, who led U.N. population agency, dies at 68

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    Babatunde Osotimehin, a ­Nigerian-born doctor who led the United Nations’ population agency, where he promoted public health and sexual and reproductive rights and services for women and girls, died June 4 at his home in West Harrison, N.Y. He was 68.

    The U.N. Population Fund announced the death but did not cite a cause. Dr. Osotimehin led the agency, known as UNFPA, since 2011.

    Dr. Osotimehin was Nigeria’s health minister before taking the reins of UNFPA with the rank of undersecretary general. Before that, he served in Nigeria as director general of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS and as provost at the University of Ibadan College of Medicine.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Expresses Concern Over Mistreatment of Asylum Seekers

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    As President Donald Trump’s hasty and indiscriminate deportation force continues to affect men and women throughout the United States, claims of asylum appear to be increasingly ignored or outright rejected, as corroborated by a New York Times report last month. In other cases, asylum seekers are treated as prisoners and held for months in detention centers.
    The following are just two incidents in which the mishandling of asylum cases has put lives in danger, and signals a worrisome pattern for those fleeing violence.

    Letter to Congress to Oppose President Trump's $4.5 Billion Request for Mass Deportation Agenda

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    Dear Chairman Cochran, Vice Chairman Leahy, Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Lowey:

    We, the undersigned, immigrant rights, civil and human rights, faith-based, environmental, labor and women’s organizations write to ask you to oppose President Trump’s request for $4.5 billion to fund his executive orders that would fund the construction of a divisive border wall, expand his deportation force and immigration detention and lower accountability for immigration and border agents. We therefore urge you to significantly reduce funding for immigration enforcement and detention in the FY2018 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) appropriations bills until the Administration can demonstrate that there is prioritization and accountability at the agencies.

    Federica Bianco Is the World’s Most Badass Astrophysicist

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    The first time I met Federica Bianco, she was wearing a “Nasty Woman” t-shirt and punched me in the face, knocking out my right contact lens.

    I had seen a sign up at the gym I belong to, Church Street Boxing Gym, advertising a new women-only Wednesday night sparring class with “professional boxer Federica ‘The Mad Scientist’ Bianco.” Proceeds from the class would go to the Women’s Refugee Commission.

    Federica Bianco Is the World’s Most Badass Astrophysicist (2)

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    The first time I met Federica Bianco, she was wearing a “Nasty Woman” t-shirt and punched me in the face, knocking out my right contact lens.

    I had seen a sign up at the gym I belong to, Church Street Boxing Gym, advertising a new women-only Wednesday night sparring class with “professional boxer Federica ‘The Mad Scientist’ Bianco.” Proceeds from the class would go to the Women’s Refugee Commission.

    Border Agents Turning Away, Blocking People Seeking Asylum: Report

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    Border agents are illegally turning away people seeking asylum or refusing to deal with their requests, according to a report released Wednesday by a human rights group.

    U.S. law requires border agents to refer people who arrive at the border and request asylum to an interview with an asylum officer or to an immigration court. But Human Rights First, which issued a report Wednesday and is briefing Senate offices on the issue Thursday, said that's not what's happening.

    200 Refugees Are Crossing Mexico to Escape Violence—and to Confront Trump

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    At this moment, a group of 200 refugees fleeing violence and gangs in Central America are heading north through Mexico in hopes of seeking asylum when they reach the US border later this week. The caravan, which has been planned with a coalition of Mexican and American organizers, is meant to raise awareness of the perils facing migrants in Mexico as well as the Trump administration's efforts to prevent refugees from legally entering the United States.

    Tightening of Borders Makes Women Invisible Along Balkan Refugee Route

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    As borders have tightened along the western Balkan route to Europe, more lone female refugees are arriving in Serbia having experienced violence and trafficking. Many who want to continue their journeys are using even riskier routes and never appear in official data.

    Trump Administration Won’t Routinely Separate Families At The Border After All

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    Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Wednesday he is not planning to routinely split up children and mothers at the U.S.-Mexico border, after previously alarming immigrant advocates by suggesting such a policy would help deter illegal border crossings.

    Speaking before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Kelly said he would separate families apprehended at the border “only if the situation at that point in time requires it” ― for example, if a mother is sick or addicted to drugs. He said he “can’t imagine” doing it unless there is reason to believe a child is in danger.

    "Trauma on Trauma on Trauma": For Refugee Children, the Journey Is Only the Beginning

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    Adele's* 7-year-old daughter cries often. She cries at home and at school, whenever she thinks about the gang-perpetrated assassination she and her mother witnessed in their home country of El Salvador, and the death threats that soon followed. She also cries when she remembers the abuse inflicted on her mother by her mother's partner that, combined with the gang violence, caused her and her mother to flee to the US in May.

    "They wanted to kill me," Adele told Truthout, speaking through a translator, about why she chose to leave El Salvador with her child to seek asylum.

    Adele and her daughter were arrested at the border and were held for 45 days in the immigrant-family jail in Karnes City, Texas. Now, Adele worries the two of them will be reincarcerated, or be deported back to El Salvador. She worries more about her daughter's constant fear of the same. Even if they aren't deported, she worries that the trauma and fear that her young daughter has experienced will haunt her for the rest of her life.

    Democratic House Members Hold Forum on Impact of Trump Immigration Policies on Children and Families

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    This afternoon, Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), the Co-Chairs of the Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform, held an immigration forum at the U.S. Capitol to discuss the impact of Trump Administration immigration policies on children and families.  The forum placed particular focus on the harm of separating children from their parents, whether those separations occur at the U.S. border or within the United States itself.

    Inside Trump's Border Crackdown on Women and Kids

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    Despite President Donald Trump's dire warnings of "bad hombres" and drugs flooding into the United States from Mexico, the most urgent issue along the border has been the influx of Central American families and unaccompanied children, many of whom are fleeing gang-fueled violence in their home countries. And the latest statistics from the border show that one of the main goals of the White House's immigration crackdown is being realized: targeting and deterring these asylum seekers from heading to the United States in the first place.

    Stranded in Greece, Women Refugees Live With Fear and Hunger

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    As Germany starts sending newly arrived refugees back to Greece, we speak to Marcy Hersh of the Women’s Refugee Commission about the tens of thousands of women refugees stuck in Greek detention centers, suffering from violence, unsanitary conditions and food shortages. 

    It’s been almost a year since border closures and a controversial European Union deal with Turkey shut out refugees fleeing to Germany and Scandinavia. Today, more than 60,000 refugees remain stranded in Greece and other parts of Eastern Europe – almost half of them women. Many of them had hoped to reunify with male family members who had traveled ahead, making the harrowing journey across Europe.

    Undocumented Parents Could Be Separated From Their Children at the Border

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    Earlier this week, secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly told CNN that the United States is considering separating undocumented immigrant children from their parents if they show up to the U.S.-Mexico border without authorization, as a way to deter border crossings. This proposal to separate families was quickly met with sharp criticism, condemned by UNICEF as "cruel and traumatic," and described by Mexican foreign minister Luis Videgaray as "an attack against the integrity of the fundamental unit of social life that is family," The Hill reports. 

    Immigrant Families Are Separated At US Border As Form Of Punishment, Groups Say

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    The Trump administration has said it considering separating illegal immigrant families at the border as a deterrent, but authors of a new report say agents are already engaged in the practice as a form of punishment.

    The women detainees who are invisible every day

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    People across the United States marked International Women’s Day on Wednesday as a day of action to recognize the sacrifices made by women and those who have been marginalized by society. But one group who did not show up at rallies or protests across the country were the female immigrant detainees who are consistently denied dignity and do not enjoy adequate rights.