• Legal Protection

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    Letter to DHS and ICE To Recognize Immigrant Communities Deserve Safety and Justice

    On March 8, 2017, Women's Refugee Commission as well as over 560 other national, state and local organizations sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John F. Kelly and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas Homan calling on DHS to recognize that immigrant communities deserve safety and justice.
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    Resources for Families Facing Deportation and Separation

    Recursos para Familias Enfrentando la Deportación o Separación

    The following guides and reports provide information about family separation due to detention and deportation, safety planning and child welfare for families facing deportation.
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    A Guide to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Legal Protection in Acute Emergencies

    In times of war and its aftermath, legal structures that traditionally protect women and children, including formal and informal justice systems and respect for the rule of law, break down leaving them vulnerable to abuse including but not limited to rape, early and forced marriage and domestic violence. The guide summarizes an assessment of War Child Canada’s three-pronged legal protection model was implemented with South Sudanese refugees in Northern Uganda and uses it to identify the most important lessons for ensuring legal protection mechanisms are in place at the onset of an emergency.
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    Separation of Immigrant Families in U.S. Immigration Custody

    As the numbers of family units migrating together rises, so have the instances of arbitrary and harmful family separation, both before and upon reaching the U.S. border. Family unity must also be a respected principle in enforcement and removal operations by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
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    Family Detention & the Flores Settlement Agreement

    In the summer of 2015, a court ruled that government practices of detaining asylum-seeking families violate the 1997 Flores Settlement for unaccompanied children. The government’s should immediately reverse their family detention policies, dismantle the facilities, and release children and their parents.
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    One Year Later: Where are the refugee mothers and children?

    In June 2014, President Obama referred to the unprecedented numbers of children and families fleeing violence in Central America as an “urgent humanitarian situation.” Since then, these asylum-seekers have been detained in prison-like detention facilities.
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    Me han Detendo o Deportado: Que Pasara con mis hijos o hijas? (Parental Rights Toolkit | Spanish, Interactive)

    This toolkit is for detained and deported immigrant and undocumented parents, as well as their allies: officials, attorneys, service providers, friends and family members. It provides crucial information they need to protect and maintain parental rights and make well-informed, critical decisions regarding the care and welfare of their children. It includes information on how to get a lawyer, how to stay in touch with children, and how to participate in family court or child welfare hearings.
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    Detained or Deported: What About My Children?

    Parental Rights Toolkit

    This report and its resources are available in English and Spanish. This toolkit is for detained and deported immigrant and undocumented parents, as well as their allies: officials, attorneys, service providers, friends and family members. It provides crucial information they need to protect and maintain parental rights and make well-informed, critical decisions regarding the care and welfare of their children. It includes information on how to get a lawyer, how to stay in touch with children, and how to participate in family court or child welfare hearings.
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    Recommendations to DHS to Improve Complaint Processing

    Consistent, documented – yet avoidable - deficiencies within the DHS complaint systems have inhibited the Department’s ability to identify internal civil rights concerns and take appropriate action. Here are specific problems and concrete recommendations to improve the handling of complaints and ensure that migrants' human rights are respected.

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