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January 2015

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Safe Access to Energy:
From Pollution to Protection

Ensuring that refugees have safe access to fuel and energy should be a cornerstone of refugee programs in every humanitarian sector. With more efficient stoves, refugee women can make fewer trips to search for firewood outside their settlements, reducing the risk of rape. Indoor air pollution is greatly reduced and refugee women are healthier. Reduced firewood usage protects the environment

These fact sheets show how to incorporate SAFE into all sectors of a humanitarian response

Families face detention, not justice

In December, the government opened America’s largest detention center for families who have crossed the United States border—many seeking safety from violence in their home countries. The U.S. government has tried detaining families before, and canceled the policy after widespread abuse, excessive cost and unnecessary suffering were documented by the Women’s Refugee Commission and others.
Existing alternatives to detention are effective and cost-efficient. Options such as case management and electronic monitoring cost $0.17 to $21 a day—far less than the nearly $300 per day, per person cost of Dilley. The Department of Homeland Security itself found that alternatives ensure that migrants and asylum-seekers appear in immigration court in 96 out of 100 cases.

best ideas of the last 25 years

For over 25 years, the Women’s Refugee Commission has worked with refugee women to identify their greatest needs, devise the most effective solutions, and enact change at the highest levels. Here are just some of our 25 highlights.

The Future Is in Their Hands: Fulfilling the Promise of Refugee Girls

Community-based care: A new way to respond to sexual violence

Urban Livelihoods: Leveraging what works in the local community

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