Migrant Rights and Justice

Migrant Rights & Justice

All individuals have the right to seek asylum and protection from persecution. We develop practical solutions and tools for accessing protection and creating resilient communities, advocating for fair, accessible, and humane refugee and migrant policies and practice. 

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Separated Children and the Child Welfare System

Frequently Asked Questions

The separation of families at the southern border has resulted in confusion about the federal government’s role and jurisdiction with regard to child welfare decisions and has raised questions about the potential relevance of state child welfare laws, including questions about the risk of termination of parental rights and adoption. This fact sheet seeks to answer those questions and clarifies that the parents of separated children should not be at risk of losing their parental rights.
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El Acuerdo Flores y la Separación de Familias en la Frontera

El Acuerdo Flores establece estándares nacionales para la detención, liberación y el trato de todos – tanto los niños y niñas no-acompañados y los acompañados– en centros de detención migratoria, y resalta el principio de la unidad familiar.
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The Flores Settlement and Family Separation at the Border

The 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement (Flores) was the result of over a decade of litigation responding to the U.S. government’s detention policy towards an influx of unaccompanied migrant children in the 1980s from Central America. At the time, children were being detained for long periods of time, including with unrelated adults, and in prison-like conditions. The agreement sets national standards regarding the detention, release, and treatment of all – both unaccompanied and accompanied – children in immigration detention and underscores the principle of family unity.
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FOIA Request to ICE on Detention of Pregnant Women

This letter constitutes a request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552 (FOIA) submitted on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the American Immigration Council (Council), and Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) (Requesters). The Requesters also request a fee waiver, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(iii) and 6 C.F.R. § 5.11(k), and expedited processing, pursuant to 6 C.F.R. § 5.5(d) and 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(E). The justifications for the fee waiver and expedited processing are set out in detail following the request.
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Letter Opposing December 2017 ICE Directive on the Detention of Pregnant Women

April 2018

On April 11, 2018, more than 250 organizations sent a letter to ICE Deputy Director Homan expressing deep concern over ICE’s recently revised directive on the detention of pregnant women. The letter urges ICE to discontinue its policy of detaining pregnant women and return to a general presumption of release for pregnant women.

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