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    Zweifel column: Separating refugee kids, parents a shameful act

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    Do you ever wonder what historians are going to write about us 100 years from now? The way things are going, it’s probably not going to be pretty.

    Judge Considers Ban On Separating Families At Border

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    The Women's Refugee Commission has identified 429 cases of parents being separated from their children, according to an affidavit filed by Michelle Brane, director of the group's migrant rights and justice program.

    The ACLU and Immigrants' Rights Groups Have Filed for ICE Documents About Detained Pregnant Women

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    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the American Immigration Council and the Women’s Refugee Commission have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to access Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) documents relating to the detention of pregnant women. 

    Working to Uncover How ICE Treats Pregnant Women in Detention

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    Despite the outcry, ICE remains unmoved, and appears determined to continue this cruel and unnecessary practice. That’s why on Thursday the ACLU, along with the American Immigration Council and the Women’s Refugee Commission, filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking that ICE make available all documents related to its detention of pregnant women.

    Plain Talk: Separating refugee kids and parents is the ultimate shame

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    "The idea of punishing parents who are trying to save their children's lives, and punishing children for being brought to safety by their parents by separating them, is fundamentally cruel and un-American," a director at the Women's Refugee Commission told The New York Times.

    Opinion: The long road to addressing sexual and reproductive health needs of Rohingya refugees

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    In humanitarian crises, sexual and reproductive health services become both an extraordinary challenge, as well as a lifesaving need. Of the 129 million people around the world who require humanitarian assistance, approximately one-quarter are women and adolescent girls of reproductive age. Neglecting reproductive health in a humanitarian setting can have dire consequences, including increases in mortality and morbidity, sexually transmitted infections, unintended pregnancies, and unsafe abortions, among other risks.

    Trump Left Nearly 4,000 Applicants For Central American Refugee Program Stranded

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    “They’re shutting all of the doors,” Michelle Brané, director of migrant rights at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said, using a metaphor of a house on fire. “They’re taking away the ladder and then punishing people for jumping out the window.”

    Program's discontinuation sentences asylum seekers to 'grim fates'

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    The Women’s Refugee Commission and Lutheran Immigrant and Refugee Services have documented severe abuses, many directed against children, in family detention facilities. Isolating detained immigrants even more creates a culture of impunity.

    RDPP, UNICEF, UNFPA Announce Projects to Aid Survivors of Sexual Violence in Iraq

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    According to the Women’s Refugee Commission, “refugee women are extremely vulnerable to sexual assault and exploitation, including rape. Prevention of sexual violence, services for survivors and access to sexual and reproductive health care is critical in crisis situations when vulnerabilities are drastically increased.”

    In ICE detention, pregnant women face stress, trauma, and inadequate care

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    We will not stand idly by as the negative effects of this administration’s detention policies on pregnant immigrant women continue to unfold. We will continue to fight for the health and dignity of all the detained pregnant women who, out of fear and desperation, have come to America. In keeping with our American values, they deserve humane treatment and compassion.

    Trump Administration Separating Hundreds of Young Children from Their Parents to Deter Refugees

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    “The idea of punishing parents who are trying to save their children’s lives, and punishing children for being brought to safety by their parents by separating them, is fundamentally cruel and un-American,” said Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission.

    Hundreds of immigrant kids are separated from families

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    Hundreds of children separated from their parents by US border agents, new data reveals

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    “It really to me is just a horrific ‘Sophie’s Choice’ for a mom.”

    The Number of Immigrant Children Separated from Parents at the Border Is ‘Horrific’

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    Far from being professional, thoughtful, and respectful of human rights, the authorities’ current response seems to have turned into a “horrific ‘Sophie’s Choice’ for a mom,” Women’s Refugee Commission member Michelle Brané told the newspaper.

    Hundreds Of Immigrant Children Separated From Parents At US Border

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    More than 700 immigrant children were separated from their parents since Oct. 2017. Over 100 of those children were under the age of 4.

    Hundreds of Immigrant Children Have Been Taken From Parents at U.S. Border

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    "The idea of punishing parents who are trying to save their children’s lives, and punishing children for being brought to safety by their parents by separating them, is fundamentally cruel and un-American," said WRC Director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program Michelle Brané.

    U.S. Watchdog to Look into Allegations of Immigrant Family Separation

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    A lawsuit filed recently accused the Trump administration of separating immigrant children from their families, causing significant trauma.

    Myanmar Armed Forces Blacklisted By UN For Committing Sexual Violence Against Rohingya

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    “The listing of the Tatmadaw is an overdue and welcome step,” Joan Timoney, senior director of advocacy and external relations at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said in a statement. “Impunity, discrimination and denial of citizenship lie at the heart of this world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis.”

    ICE Cruelly Tearing Immigrant Families Apart

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    The practice of separating immigrant children from their parents at the southern border, one of the most heinous and inhumane policies of this administration, remains largely ignored by the public.

    Addressing Child Trauma at the Mexican Border

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    At about the same time that their statement was released, the Women's Refugee Commission published a report titled "Betraying Family Values," and, soon after, the American Medical Association adopted resolutions affirming a "commitment to patients' health and well-being, irrespective of their immigration status."