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    Grammy Winner Steve Earle Creating Change

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    Just last week, Earle announced on his website that he’s participating in The Lantern Tour, which combines all of his passions. The Lantern Tour brings together art and advocacy to speak out against the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, specifically its practice of separating families. Earle will be sharing the stage with Emmylou Harris, Jackson Brown, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, Lila Downs, and Graham Nash. The tour only has five stops, and all proceeds will go to The Women’s Refugee Commission in the US.

    Graham Nash Announces Tour Dates + CSNY Video

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    In addition to his solo tour, Nash will join Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne and others on the Lantern Tour’s New York City date at Town Hall. The Lantern Tour will benefit the Women’s Refugee Commission and their advocacy on behalf of migrant and refugee families seeking safety at the U.S. border.

    Child died after release from Texas immigrant detention center, attorney says

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    This is not the first time the south Texas facility has come under scrutiny for its medical care.

    Last year, several organizations, including the American Immigration Council, Women’s Refugee Commission and ACLU, claimed in a complaint that ICE had been violating its own policy by locking up pregnant women in at least five detention centers, including Dilley.

    Watch ICE Director Almost Have Human Emotion In PBS's 'Separated'

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    "Separated" offers us some heroes, like Michelle Brané of the Women's Refugee Commission, who says every time she met with Trump administration officials in 2017, they saw family separation as the magic solution to the problem of people asking for asylum -- which, the program notes, is an international right recognized under US law. Brané later tells of a visit to a shelter for "tender age" children where she was told she could meet kids whose names and ages were on a list; she says she asked to see a baby (listed by name and "0 years") and a two-year-old. The guards went to get them but came back and said when they called the names, no children answered. Apparently no babies answered to the name "Kafka" either. She says she suggested maybe talking to the adults in charge of the babies, but the guards just seemed confused and shook their heads. 

    [WATCH] Michelle Brané in Frontline's "Separated: Children at the Border"

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    WRC's Director of Migrant Rights and Justice Michelle Brané featured in the PBS Frontline documentary "Separated: Children at the Border."

    Migrant children, parents still separated after reunifications ask, 'What about me?'

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    “What do we do now about all the deported parents?” asked Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program of the Women’s Refugee Commission.

    Simply deporting the kids to follow the parents is not as easy as it may sound, Brané said.

    "Some of the kids will have (asylum) cases and some parents withdrew their asylum claims thinking it was the only way to get their kid back."

    “We also need to look into what is happening with the ones they (the administration) say are not ‘reunifiable’ for unknown reasons. What are those reasons and what is going to happen in those cases?” she asked. “I’d argue DHS (Department of Homeland Security) is not the right agency to decide who is a fit parent and who is not.”

    Months After Her Dad Was Deported, Young Girl Still Alone in U.S. Shelter

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    That's why reuniting these families is urgent, said Michelle Brané, with the Women’s Refugee Commission in New York City. Her group and other U.S. non-profits have reached out to organizations in Central America to locate deported parents and get them legal assistance. But she says those ad hoc efforts should not be a substitute for official action.

    "It is the government's responsibility, who separated them wrongly, to reunify them. So they need to find them," she said.

    New Court Filings Reveal Mistreatment of Migrant Children

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    Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, who had interviewed a number of children , said another issue for the youngest children is that the children are not allowed to touch to comfort each other, and their toys or personal belongings are often taken from them upon apprehension.

    'Like I am trash': Migrant children reveal stories of detention, separation

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    Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, who had interviewed a number of children for the filing, said another issue for the youngest children is that the children are not allowed to touch to comfort each other, and their toys or personal belongings are often taken from them upon apprehension.

    After reunification deadline: More than 400 cases in which parents were deported but children remain in U.S.

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    "There is no question that there may be families that are permanently separated as a result of this policy," said Michelle Brané, director of migrant rights at the Women's Refugee Commission.

    The Lost Ones

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    “They are leaving it to somebody else,” said Michelle Brané, the director of migrant rights and justice at the Women’s Refugee Commission. Lisa Frydman, the vice president of regional policy and initiatives at the advocacy group Kids in Need of Defense (kind), told me, “We have not seen [these cases] be a priority for the government—the focus on creating a plan and a process to reunify children whose parents have been deported.”

    Inside the chaotic effort to reunite separated families

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    "This is really extreme, it's nothing like we have seen before," said Michelle Brané, director of Migrant Rights and Justice at the Women's Refugee Commission, a New York-based non-governmental organization. "It's like torture."

    The next family separation crisis: Finding hundreds of deported parents

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    "It is our position that all of those families need to be considered as families that should be reunified and that the government should reunify them," said Michelle Brané, director of migrant rights and justice for the Women's Refugee Commission.

    U.S. immigrants' reunification deadline passes, lawyers turn to deportations

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    “Locating them will be a challenge,” said Michelle Brané, director of migrant rights and justice for the Women’s Refugee Commission on a conference call with reporters.

    Hundreds of migrant kids in limbo have no clear path forward

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    Other NGOs are working on similar efforts. The Women’s Refugee Commission and the Vera Institute of Justice are operating databases of information about parents and children, while others are deployed on the ground in Central America.

    Over 700 immigrant children have not been reunited with their families by the mandatory deadline

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    Michelle Brané, Director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, told The New Yorker that she suspected the government was trying to “narrow the class of families” legally required to be reunited.

    U.S. says data on separated families not readily available: court filings

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    Other children were sent to detention centers to meet their parents but were returned “in tears” to government shelters because of scheduling problems, Michelle Brané of the Women’s Refugee Commission told reporters on Thursday.

    Skepticism after US government says it's 'on track' to reunite 2,551 children

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    Michelle Brané, director of migrant rights and justice at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said: “We have no idea what choices those 463 parents made, and what information they were given and whether they had any choice. It’s clear from early on in this process parents were being deported with no reference and no attempt or no choice to be reunified with their children.”

    Government races against deadline to reunite all children it separated from their parents at border

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    In a filing by Leah Chavla of the Women's Refugee Commission, Chavla said one mother at a family detention center in Dilley was put on the phone with a child that was not hers. "The mother kept saying to the child that he did not sound like her son until she realized she was, in fact, talking to a different child," Chavla's declaration reads. 

    The federal government could have more legal fights on its hands over the deported parents. Michelle Brané, the attorney-director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women's Refugee Commission, said cases will be analyzed by attorneys on an individual basis.

    Where Are The Parents Who Were Separated From Their Children And Removed From US?

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    Only about a dozen have been found so far, according to Erika Pinheiro, an attorney at Al Otro Lado, a pro bono legal services provider that is working with the Women's Refugee Commission, International Social Services and other groups to locate these families in Central America.