• Rights & Justice

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    Forced From Home: The Lost Boys and Girls of Central America

    Violence in three Central American countries is the primary reason behind a dramatic upsurge in the number of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the border into the United States, and until conditions in these countries change substantially, this trend will be the new norm. The U.S. government is responsible for protecting children who are apprehended alone or without caregivers but has struggled to deal with the influx.

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    2011 HELP Act

    The Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act (H.R. 3531) was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA6) during the 111th Congress. The HELP Separated Children Act was intended to protect parents' right to make decisions in the best interest of their children, provide safeguards to preserve family unity and reduce the strain immigration enforcement is placing on our foster care system and U.S. citizen children. We hope that this critical legislation will be reintroduced early in the current Congress.

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    Torn Apart by Immigration Enforcement: Parental Rights and Immigration Detention

    Five million children in the U.S. have at least one undocumented parent and three million of these children are U.S. citizens. Immigrant parents who are detained or deported risk losing their U.S. citizen children. This report outlines this loss of parental rights and contains recommendations to remedy the situation.
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    Migrant Women and Children at Risk: In Custody in Arizona

    A Women’s Refugee Commission delegation traveled to Arizona in June 2010 to monitor detention conditions and compliance with relevant detention standards, assess progress towards detention reform and further explore the impact of immigration enforcement and detention on family unity and parental rights.

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    2010 Help Act

    Enforcement activities conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) and local law enforcement agencies operating under agreement with ICE too often result in unnecessary harm to children, families and communities.
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    Halfway Home: Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Custody

    Women's Refugee Commission, February 2009
    The Women's Refugee Commission and the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP embarked on a landmark study of the conditions of care and confinement for children in immigration proceedings without a parent or guardian.
    Also available: Executive Summary

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