• Reports on Unaccompanied Children

    Unaccompanied Children

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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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    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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