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    When Immigration Detention Means Losing Your Kids

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    About five million children in the United States have an undocumented parent. These families have always been at risk of separation if the parents are detained, but expanded immigration enforcement actions under the Trump administration may increase that risk.

    UN evacuates staff as Yemen crisis worsens, threatens women, girls

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    The United Nations Population Fund has evacuated part of its team from Yemen, in another sign of the country’s worsening humanitarian crisis.

    Putting Children at Risk When a Parent Is Detained

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    As Arrests Surge, Immigrants Fear Even Driving” (front page, Nov. 26) shines a spotlight on the nightmare that is life for immigrants under the Trump administration.

    Advocates make progress on access to safe abortion in humanitarian crises

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    Earlier this month, representatives from the Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises, or AWG, which includes U.N. agencies and civil society groups, gathered in Greece to discuss a range of issues, including revising the field manual for aid workers providing reproductive health services in the initial phase of a humanitarian crisis.

    Gobierno de Trump intensifica separación de familias migrantes en la frontera

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    Alegan que lo que antes era una práctica ocasional, ahora es algo "sistemático", que se traduce en arresto a los migrantes y separación de los hijos de los padres con cualquier excusa. En algunos casos, el gobierno presenta cargos penales contra los padres.

    Trump moves to end 'catch and release', prosecuting parents and removing children who cross border

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    "There aren't mechanisms in place to systematically allow a parent or child to locate one another once they have been separated," said Katharina Obser, a program officer at the commission who co-authored the study. "Family members lose track of each other."

    Gehörlos: Hazratullah lernte erst mit 18, sich zu verständigen

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    Laut der Women's Refugee Commission hatten 13 Millionen der weltweit 66 Millionen Geflüchteten im Jahr 2016 Behinderungen. Die Zahl jener, die in humanitären Krisen aufrund von Behinderung besondere Unterstützung benötigen, ist also relativ hoch. 

    Immigrant Father Says The Border Patrol Took His Infant Son And Won't Tell Him Where He Is

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    Salvadoran Jose Demar Fuentes said he expected to be sent to a family detention center with his son when he requested asylum at the US border. That's not what happened.

    Sexual and reproductive health needs and risks of very young adolescent refugees and migrants from Myanmar living in Thailand

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    The very young adolescent (VYA) population age 10–14 years is often neglected in the field of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) research due to the combined sensitivity of the topic and the young age group, resulting in little data about the SRH needs and concerns of VYA. In 2013, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Adolescent and Reproductive Health Network (ARHN) and Karen Youth Organization (KYO) implemented qualitative participatory research to explore the SRH needs and risks of VYA. The study was conducted in Mae Sot town and Mae La refugee camp, both in Thailand, with migrant populations and refugees, respectively.

    Transitions into puberty and access to sexual and reproductive health information in two humanitarian settings: a cross-sectional survey of very young adolescents from Somalia and Myanmar

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    the Women’s Refugee Commission and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and in partnership with three implementing agencies, International Medical Corps in Ethiopia, Save the Children in Lebanon, and Adolescent Reproductive Health Network in Thailand, explored the SRH needs and risks of refugee and migrant VYA through qualitative and quantitative research. This paper presents findings from a quantitative household survey with VYA implemented among displaced populations from Somalia (in Ethiopia) and Myanmar (in Thailand). We describe transitions into puberty (including pubertal status, reactions to pubertal changes, and menstrual hygiene access) among VYA in these two humanitarian settings, as well as whether and how they have access to SRH information related to body changes and pregnancy.

    Understanding the unique experiences, perspectives and sexual and reproductive health needs of very young adolescents: Somali refugees in Ethiopia

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    Kobe Refugee camp hosts roughly 39,000 refugees displaced from Somalia during the 2011–2012 Horn of Africa Crisis. Sexual and reproductive health, as with the greater issues of health and well-being for adolescents displaced from this crisis remain largely unknown and neglected. In 2013, the Women’s Refugee Commission, Johns Hopkins University, and International Medical Corps in Ethiopia, implemented qualitative and quantitative research to explore the factors and risks that impact the health of very young adolescents (VYAs), those 10–14 years of age, in this setting. This paper presents findings from the qualitative effort.

    Young lives disrupted: gender and well-being among adolescent Syrian refugees in Lebanon

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    The conflict in Syria that began in 2011 has resulted in the exodus of over 5 million Syrian refugees to neighbouring countries, with more than one million refugees currently registered by UNHCR in Lebanon. While some are living in tented settlements, the majority are living in strained conditions in rented accommodation or collective shelters in the Bekaa Valley next to Syria. Adolescents are particularly vulnerable in any crisis. In 2013–4, the American University in Beirut in collaboration with the Women’s Refugee Commission, Johns Hopkins and Save the Children, sought to understand the specific experiences of very young adolescents, those 10–14 years of age, in this protracted crisis context.

    Prioritizing programming to address the needs and risks of very young adolescents: a summary of findings across three humanitarian settings

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    Between 2013 and 2014, a series of qualitative and quantitative research efforts were undertaken in three conflict affected communities (Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, Somali refugees in Kobe Refugee camp Ethiopia, and migrant communities from Myanmar settled in Tak Province, Thailand) that sought to understand the lived experiences of very young adolescents during emergencies. A research consortium that included the Women’s Refugee Commission, Johns Hopkins University, American University in Beirut, International Medical Corps in Ethiopia, Save the Children in Lebanon and the Adolescent Reproductive Health Network in Thailand convened around these activities.

    Senators Collins, Shaheen Introduce International Violence Against Women Act

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    Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reintroduced the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA), bipartisan legislation that would ensure combatting gender-based violence around the world remains a top diplomatic and development priority for the United States.

    Over 50 humanitarian, faith-based, human rights, refugee and women’s organizations voiced their support for the International Violence Against Women Act, including: American Jewish World Service, Amnesty International USA, CARE USA, Church World Service, Futures Without Violence, Human Rights Watch, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), National Organization for Women, UNICEF USA, Vital Voices Global Partnership, Women Thrive Alliance, Women's Refugee Commission and World Vision.

    Trump’s Cruel Choice: Who Gets to Stay?

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    "We are going to trade little children fleeing violence for older children who have lived their whole lives in America. It's disgusting." said Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women's Refugee Commission.

    Scott Lloyd, el devoto funcionario del gobierno que busca impedir que las menores indocumentadas aborten

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    Tiene apenas experiencia en asuntos de inmigración, pero sí mucha en causas cristianas. Desde su nombramiento por Trump en marzo, el director de la Oficina para el Reacomodo de Refugiados se ha dado a sí mismo un poder de veto sobre los intentos de acabar con los embarazos de las pequeñas, entre ellos el de Jane Doe en Texas.

    Humanitarian actors, Member States and the UN place gender equality at the centre of effective refugee response

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    The side event held as part of the Global Compact on Refugees thematic discussions, on 17 October, in Geneva, Switzerland, focused on: “The centrality of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls for the formulation of the global compact on refugees.”

    Reproductive rights supporters protest decision barring undocumented teen from getting abortion

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    “Justicia para Jane! Whose bodies? Our bodies!” chanted a group of about 30 protesters in front of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services building Friday morning. The protesters, made up of mostly Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America organizers and staff, were speaking out against the Trump administration’s decision to bar an undocumented teenager from getting an abortion for her unwanted pregnancy. The young woman, identified as Jane Doe in court, was detained after crossing the southern U.S. border in Texas.

    Undocumented Minors Who Suffered Rape May Be Denied Abortions In Government Custody

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    Many undocumented immigrant girls seeking safety in the United States are raped during their journeys. Once they arrive, they are put in custody of a government that is now obstructing access to abortion.

    Trump Administration Stops Underage, Undocumented Immigrants from Getting Abortions

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    The Trump administration has taken steps to prevent underage, undocumented immigrants from getting abortions.