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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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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Liberty Denied: Women Seeking Asylum Imprisoned in the U.S.

Women's Commission, March 1997
Two year investigation of the treatment of women seeking asylum in the U.S. The study found that women asylum seekers face physical and verbal abuse in prisons used used by the INS and frequently endure prolonged detention in conditions that fail to meet international principles of refugee protection and basic standards of decency and compassion.

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Locking Up Family Values: The Detention of Immigrant Families

The Women's Refugee Commission and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service examines the expanding penal approach to family detention in the U.S. to inform the development of policy and practice that serves the best interests of family and children.  

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