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    5 Ways to Help Migrant Children and Families Right Now

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    Just last week, reports surfaced detailing decrepit and dangerous conditions at a Border Patrol facility in Clint, Texas, where a group of visiting lawyers were horrified to discover a lack of basic necessities available to detainees, including toothbrushes, soap, towels, and even showers. ...

    Here are five concrete ways you can really help, now. ...

    3. Donate to Several Places at Once
    ActBlue splits your donations between 12 different groups. The nonprofit fundraising platform for liberal causes has set up a page that benefits Al Otro Lado, The Florence Project, Neta, Innovation Law Lab, Fuerza Del Valle, The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, We Belong Together, United We Dream, The Women's Refugee Commission, The ACLU, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, Human Rights First, and La Union de Pueblo Entero. You can donate any amount, and split it however you want between the groups.

    We went to a border detention center for children. What we saw was awful.

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    But that ask glosses over the fact that more children are in immigration custody because over the last several years the government has slowed down the rate at which children are reunified with their families. The government has sought to use children in Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) facilities as bait to arrest and deport the family members who come forward to care for them, according to a report by advocacy groups The Women's Refugee Commission and the National Immigrant Justice Center.

    What You Need to Know About the Crisis at the Border

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    A year ago almost to the week, America became aware of the Trump administration’s policy, announced, then denied, then announced again, of separating migrant children from their parents at the southern border. ...For many migrants, the situation at the border is now even worse than a year ago, ...The problems at the border now go far beyond the family separations of last summer. Since the president depends on public confusion and weariness as he implements ever more inhumane policies, we’ve attempted to summarize those policies and offer some ideas for how you can help immigrants access legal aid and other forms of assistance....

    The Women’s Refugee Commission is leading national efforts against family separation and child detention to preserve access to asylum, increase use of alternatives to detention, and improve detention conditions.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls Out Border Detainee Centers As 'Concentration Camps'

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    "What we're seeing is a reckless and unprecedented expansion of a system that is punitive, harmful and costly," said Katharina Obser, representing the Women’s Refugee Commission. "The U.S. government is not even doing the bare minimum to ensure [immigrants] are getting the medical care and the mental health care they need."

    President Trump Threatens Mass Deportation Of Immigrants

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    MICHELLE BRANE: This is not a real solution. This isn't going to deter people from coming. We've seen this over and over again. You know, this isn't the first time that this administration has tried to discourage people from seeking protection by being cruel and tearing families apart. That didn't stop people from seeking safety. And so I really don't see why this would.

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    Women's Refugee Commission has many resources on families facing deportation or separation.

    Kein Krieg auf meinem Körper (No War on My Body) (German)

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    Nach Angaben der Vereinten Nationen erleben jedes Jahr hunderttausende Frauen und Mädchen sexualisierte Gewalt in bewaffneten Konflikten. Der im März 2019 veröffentlichte Bericht der Women's Refugee Commission belegt unter anderem: Frauen, Kinder und Männer, die auf der Flucht von der libyschen Küstenwache aufgegriffen werden, sind in Haftzentren Folterungen und Vergewaltigungen ausgesetzt.

     

    24 Immigrants Have Died in ICE Custody During the Trump Administration

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    “What we’re seeing is a reckless and unprecedented expansion of a system that is punitive, harmful and costly,” said Katharina Obser, senior policy adviser at the Women’s Refugee Commission, an advocacy group. “The U.S. government is not even doing the bare minimum to ensure [immigrants] are getting the medical care and the mental health care they need.”

    ICE Deportations: Optics Meet Reality

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    “There is nothing inherently illegal about trying to arrest and deport people with final [deportation]orders — it’s just operationally difficult,” noted Michelle Brané, director of Migrant Rights and Justice at the Women’s Refugee Commission.

    After deaths of children, Democrats push bill on how border agency should treat migrants

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    Leah Chavla, an international human rights lawyer and policy adviser at the Women's Refugee Commission, has previously said that CBP already has a set of guidelines in place that outline the conditions and resources the agency has to provide to children and other migrants in its custody.

    But unlike laws, guidelines are not binding.

    "It's important to have a critical look at what's going on and how the guidelines can be made binding," Chavla said.

    24 immigrants have died in ICE custody since Trump took office

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    “What we're seeing is a reckless and unprecedented expansion of a system that is punitive, harmful and costly,” said Katharina Obser of the Women's Refugee Commission. “The U.S. government is not even doing the bare minimum to ensure [immigrants] are getting the medical care and the mental health care they need." 

    The Trump Administration Has Let 24 People Die in ICE Custody

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    “What we're seeing is a reckless and unprecedented expansion of a system that is punitive, harmful and costly,” Katharina Obser, a senior policy adviser at the Women’s Refugee Commission, told NBC. “The U.S. government is not even doing the bare minimum to ensure [immigrants] are getting the medical care and the mental health care they need.”

    Sauvetages de migrants en Méditerranée : la capitaine Pia Klemp risque 20 ans de prison en Italie

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    Il est en effet avéré que s'il y a moins de traversées depuis la mise en place de cette nouvelle politique de retour en Libye, les agressions brutales, la torture et les violences sexuelles contre les migrants ont augmenté dans une proportion dramatique dans ce pays, comme le souligne une étude publiée par une ONG basée à New York, la Women's Refugee Commission (WRC, Commission des femmes réfugiées).

    The Number Of Immigrants Who Died In ICE Custody Is Only Part Of The Picture

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    "What we're seeing is a reckless and unprecedented expansion of a system that is punitive, harmful and costly," Katharina Obser, a senior policy adviser at the Women's Refugee Commission, told the news outlet. The government has filed to provide immigrants in its custody with medical and mental health care, she added.

    NBC News: 24 Deaths in ICE Custody During Trump Era

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    "What we're seeing is a reckless and unprecedented expansion of a system that is punitive, harmful, and costly," Women's Refugee Commission senior policy adviser Katharina Obser told NBC News. "The U.S. government is not even doing the bare minimum to ensure [immigrants] are getting the medical care and the mental healthcare they need."

    24 immigrants have died in ICE custody during the Trump administration

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    "What we're seeing is a reckless and unprecedented expansion of a system that is punitive, harmful and costly," said Katharina Obser, senior policy adviser at the Women's Refugee Commission, an advocacy group. "The U.S. government is not even doing the bare minimum to ensure [immigrants] are getting the medical care and the mental health care they need."

    Trump’s tariff deadline draws near

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    "This flies in the face of the refugee convention and our asylum laws and is a fatal blow to the men, women and children fleeing violence and persecution,” tweeted Michelle Brané of the Women's Refugee Commission, adding the hashtag “#PeopleWillDie.”

    THE U.S. IS USING THE TARIFF THREAT TO PUSH MEXICO TO ACCEPT MOST ASYLUM SEEKERS

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    Kizuka's organization—and others like Medicins Sans Frontiers and the Women's Refugee Commission—have completed research projects analyzing the conditions asylum seekers experience in Mexico. The reports have found that many of the kinds of persecution asylum seekers flee in other countries—gender-based violence, deadly homophobia and transphobia, gang extortion, and slavery—are prevalent in Mexico. 

    What is a safe third country agreement?

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    That could be an issue with Mexico, as its capacity to process and protect asylum-seekers is seen as insufficient, according to a 2018 report by the Women's Refugee Commission.

    “Many migrants are arbitrarily detained in poor conditions in processing facilities upon apprehension,” reads the report on Mexico's refugee capacity.

    Trump Administration To Deprive Migrant Kids In Shelters Of English Lessons, Legal Aid

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    “This is a management crisis,” said Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program at the Women’s Refugee Commission. “These policies create chaotic and dangerous situations and harm children.”

    18% of Syrians Married Before 19 in Lebanon

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    A recent study of early marriage among Syrian refugees in south Lebanon has found that around 18 percent of women in those communities are married by the age of 19.

    The research...was...part of a multicountry study looking at the prevalence of early and forced marriage in “fragile and humanitarian contexts” and to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention programs.

    The larger project, which includes research in Lebanon, Ethiopia and Kachin State, Myanmar, was launched by the Women’s Refugee Commission in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Kachin Development Group and AiW.