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    Independence for the Women’s Refugee Commission

    The WRC has become an independent organization after 25 years under the umbrella of the International Rescue Committee. We will assume an even more prominent advocacy role and make an even bigger difference for people uprooted by crisis and conflict. We express our deepest gratitude to the IRC for their support.

    READ: A joint WRC/IRC statement

    Detained or Deported: What About My Children?

    No one should ever lose their children because of their immigration status—and yet some 5,000 children are in the U.S. foster care system for that very reason. Detained or Deported: What About My Children? will help parents keep their families together. It is an extensive and detailed tool for parents, their families and friends, lawyers and advocates.

    Detained or Deported: What About My Children?

    A Brief Guide to Maintaining Custody: English | Español

    LEARN MORE: on the WRC website

    Strong Girls, Powerful WOmen: Program Planning & Design for Adolescent Girls in Humanitarian Settings

    Even before conflicts or natural disasters, girls have narrowing options for health services, schooling and other life-shaping opportunities. When displaced, more freedoms disappear and risks multiply. Yet girls should not be seen as merely vulnerable; they possess an enormous capacity to transform their families and communities.

    Our new report presents key recommendations for those seeking to protect girls and to equip them with the tools necessary to create solid foundations for themselves, their families, and their communities. It outlines findings from pilot programs in three refugee camps, as well as desk research and field assessments. 

    READ MORE: Strong Girls, Powerful Women: Program Planning and Design for Adolescent Girls in Humanitarian Settings

    A Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

    The wave of Central American children and families seeking protection at the U.S. border continues to be a top news item and policy priority. As predicted in a 2012 WRC report, these children are being driven from their homes by some of the highest murder rates in the world, organized crime, forced gang recruitment, violence against women, and weak economic and social systems.

    WRC staff working in our Migrant Rights and Justice Program have been advocating intensively with the Administration and Congress on behalf of these children and families. You can learn about their views and recommendations in the New York Times, on MSNBC, in the Washington Post, and more.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO? Check out our citizen's guide to helping unaccompanied children.

    In case you missed it: Disability Inclusion

    Disability Inclusion: from Policy to Practice in Humanitarian Action launched in Geneva in July, following a launch in New York in April. This groundbreaking report documents positive practices and ongoing challenges to promote disability inclusion in multiple countries and multiple displacement contexts. It also includes recommendations specifically tailored for UNHCR and humanitarian organizations, as well as disability organizations and donor governments.

    LEARN MORE about the report, the executive summary and the field discussion tool.

    Video | Refugees' urban Livelihoods: Leveraging what works in the local community

    Over 50% of refugees live in urban areas, where they seek greater community and economic opportunity, but are more easily overlooked by those seeking to help them. Watch our newest 25 Voices of Courage campaign video and learn about the challenges displaced people face in earning a safe living in urban areas and what we’re doing to help.