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  • Reports on Unaccompanied Children

    Unaccompanied Children

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    Joint Complaint on ICE Raids Targeting Sponsors of Unaccompanied Children

    On December 6, 2017, the Women’s Refugee Commission and seven other immigrant rights organizations filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Office of Inspector General on behalf of some of the 400 people swept up in a DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “surge initiative” from June to August 2017. The complaint details how ICE officers misrepresented their objectives and role within the sponsorship process, as well as coerced parents and family members in order to detain them and frustrate the reunification process.
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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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    Betraying Family Values

    How Immigration Policy at the United States Border is Separating Families

    This report documents the ways in which family separation is caused, both intentionally and unintentionally, by the U.S. government’s immigration custody and enforcement decisions. It explains how the government’s lack of consistent mechanisms for identifying and tracking family members result in family members being detained or removed separately and often losing contact with each other. Because the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies currently have little policy guidance on humanitarian considerations during enforcement actions, many families are needlessly torn apart.
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    Young and Astray: Unaccompanied Children from Eritrea

    For more than four decades, the northeast African state of Eritrea has faced complex challenges, including war, internal conflict, political resistance and prolonged economic strife. As a result, a significant number of Er­itreans have left the country, either by choice or through force, and now live in host nations around the globe.

    In recent years, an influx of younger children has sparked some concern, as children as young as 10 years old began to flee from their coun­try into Ethiopia, Sudan and beyond. The Women’s Refugee Commission, with the support of UNHCR, conducted research to assess the push and pull factors and protection risks faced by the Eritre­an unaccompanied and separated children seeking asylum in northern Ethiopia and eastern Sudan.

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    Urban Refugee Research and Social Capital

    In November 2012, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) convened a roundtable discussion on urban refugee research. During the roundtable, seven main themes emerged, which are described in the first part of the report: 1) challenges for programming in urban environments; 2) urban mindset; 3) advocacy; 4) data for programming; 5) livelihoods; 6) role of private sector and technology; 7) and communities, social capital and networks.

    For the second part of the report, the issue of urban refugee communities and social networks was selected as the theme for a literature review. This analytical part of the report focuses on the possibilities and challenges of leveraging social capital and networks within urban refugee communities for improving advocacy, policy and programmatic efforts.

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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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    We Belong

    A letter from 10-year-old Jaden to President Obama.
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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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