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    Advocacy Briefs

    Separation of Immigrant Families in U.S. Immigration Custody

    As the numbers of family units migrating together rises, so have the instances of arbitrary and harmful family separation, both before and upon reaching the U.S. border. Family separation can cause undue trauma to children and impede the ability of families to access asylum and other protection mechanisms because individual family members may be unable to apply for the same benefit they are legally entitled to apply for as a family unit. Separation of adult family members during the deportation process has also shown to expose deported individuals to serious harm, rendering them more vulnerable to abuse, assaults, kidnapping, and trafficking.

    Key agencies involved, namely the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, DHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG)/Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL)/CBP Office of Internal Affairs (IA), CBP, ICE, USCIS, and the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) have a responsibility and obligation to ensure that families remain unified, safe, informed of their rights, and protected at all stages of their migration journey.

    Inter-American Commission on Human Rights holds hearing on access to asylum in the United States

    Today, WRC, along with 14 other organizations and seven individuals, all participants in hearings held during the 161 Period of Sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressing their deep disappointment in the failure of the United States to participate in those same hearings convened on March 21, 2017. The first hearing was on a case being litigated before the IACHR, regarding acts committed against Japanese-Peruvians by the United States during WWII; the second was convened by the IACHR on the human rights impact of recently issued executive orders; and the third was on policies that prevent access to asylum in the United States.

    The United States’ absence at these hearings breaks with at least two decades of uninterrupted participation and calls into question this administration’s commitment to protecting human rights within the United States and abroad.

    Instead of embarking upon an isolationist policy of disengagement with regional and international human rights bodies – a tactic used by authoritarian regimes, the undersigned organizations and individuals call upon this administration in today’s letter to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to protect and defend human rights through meaningful engagement with international human rights bodies, such as the IACHR. 

    97 Organizations Agree: The President Must Stop Inhumane Detention

    The massive expansion of family detention threatens to severely blemish that the president's robust immigration legacy. The appalling, heartbreaking and unjust treatment of vulnerable refugee children and mothers from Central America goes against our legal and moral foundations.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Welcomes Listing of Myanmar Armed Forces in New UN Secretary-General’s Report on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

    New York, NY – The United Nations Security Council today held its annual open debate on conflict-related sexual violence. The debate was presided by Peru, which holds the Council’s presidency for April. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed presented the Secretary-General’s annual report on conflict-related sexual violence.

    U.S. Humanitarian and Development Organizations Urge Trump Administration To Restore Funding for Programs for Vulnerable Palestinians

    Washington, D.C. — As a group of US-based humanitarian and development NGOs, we are deeply concerned by the Trump administration’s decision to stop funding programs that meet the basic needs of Palestinians at a time of acute suffering brought on by years of conflict and isolation.

    Women's Refugee Commission Addresses the UNSC Arria Formula Meeting on the situation of persons with disabilities in armed conflict

    On December 3, 2018, in observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, WRC Executive Director Sarah Costa delivered an intervention from the floor at the UN Security Council Arria Formula Meeting on the situation of persons with disabilities in armed conflict.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Addresses the UNSC Arria Formula Meeting on the Situation of Persons with Disabilities in Armed Conflict

    On December 3, 2018, in observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, WRC Executive Director Sarah Costa delivered an intervention from the floor at the UN Security Council Arria Formula Meeting on the situation of persons with disabilities in armed conflict.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Congratulates Murad and Mukwege on Nobel Peace Prize

    New York, NY Today’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony saw Ms. Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege receive the prestigious award for their work on behalf of women and girls around the world. Murad is a Yazidi activist and genocide survivor, who campaigns on behalf of Yazidi women and girls held in captivity by ISIS in northern Iraq. Mukwege, head of the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has treated thousands of survivors of sexual violence and advocates for the end of the use of rape as a strategy and weapon of war.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Endorsement of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration

    New York, NY — More than 160 nations joined together today at a conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, to adopt the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. This non-binding agreement aims to improve the treatment of migrants worldwide. It encourages nations to work together to fight discrimination against migrants, calls for improved data gathering and sharing between countries, and demands stronger efforts to protect the human rights of migrants and those whose lives are affected by migration.