Legal Protection

Deadly smuggling case changed police policy

“We didn’t know if this was human smuggling or human trafficking, if these individuals were there against their will or willingly, all we knew was we had 10 body bags. It certainly opened up everyone’s eyes to a duty of care we have for people who are in our city, regardless of their status.”

Women’s Refugee Commission Strongly Condemns Trump Administration’s Decision to End Temporary Protected Status for Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans

Washington, DC – Today, the Trump administration ended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for El Salvador effective September 9, 2019. TPS provides legal status to individuals from designated countries who are unable to return home due to ongoing armed conflict, disaster, or other exigent and temporary circumstances. TPS holders from El Salvador will have until September 9, 2019 to leave the United States or seek other means to obtain lawful permanent residency. Termination of TPS will affect nearly 200,000 nationals of El Salvador who have complied with the law and built lives, businesses, and families in the U.S. The decision also places more than 192,000 U.S. citizen children of Salvadoran TPS holders at risk of losing a parent or being forced to leave their own country.

Women’s Refugee Commission Condemns Termination of Central American Minors (CAM) Program

Washington, DC. – Last night, the Trump administration officially terminated the Central American Minors (CAM) refugee program with an announcement that it would no longer accept applications to the program as of 11:59 p.m. Thursday night.

Reproductive rights supporters protest decision barring undocumented teen from getting abortion

“Justicia para Jane! Whose bodies? Our bodies!” chanted a group of about 30 protesters in front of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services building Friday morning. The protesters, made up of mostly Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America organizers and staff, were speaking out against the Trump administration’s decision to bar an undocumented teenager from getting an abortion for her unwanted pregnancy. The young woman, identified as Jane Doe in court, was detained after crossing the southern U.S. border in Texas.

Undocumented Minors Who Suffered Rape May Be Denied Abortions In Government Custody

Many undocumented immigrant girls seeking safety in the United States are raped during their journeys. Once they arrive, they are put in custody of a government that is now obstructing access to abortion.

Trump Administration Stops Underage, Undocumented Immigrants from Getting Abortions

The Trump administration has taken steps to prevent underage, undocumented immigrants from getting abortions.

Trump official halts abortions among undocumented, pregnant teens

The policy marks a departure from the Obama administration, when an undocumented teen’s request was not reviewed unless she sought federal funds.

Smith, Jayapal Call For Immigration Detention System Reforms

The Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act would increase protections for immigrants jailed in private facilities.

Trump Wants to Make It Easier to Detain and Deport Unaccompanied Central American Children

The White House insists on overhauling how children at the border are treated as part of any deal that protect Dreamers.

Pregnant Immigrants Say They’ve Been Denied Medical Care in Detention Centers

A complaint alleges ICE is violating its own guidelines for the treatment of pregnant asylum-seekers.

Trump’s Immigration Proposal Could Make It Radically Harder to Get Asylum

The president is demanding tougher asylum rules as part of any legislation to protect Dreamers.

ICE Detained a Pregnant Rape Survivor for Six Months, Records Show

ICE has detained 525 pregnant women since last October, which advocates call part of a troubling trend under Trump.

DACA supporters vow resistance to Trump’s demands for deal on immigration

Thousands of Salvadorans, Haitians and others now sheltered in the United States from danger in their home countries might have to leave under a crackdown the Trump administration is weighing on a program that critics slam as "back-door" immigration.

Cada vez hay más mujeres detenidas por ICE en un contexto hecho para hombres

La cantidad de mujeres y niñas en centros de detención migratoria de los Estados Unidos ha aumentado exponencialmente en los últimos años, pero los centros de detención están ideados y manejados para hombres, indicaron abogados de derechos humanos.

Denuncian maltrato a mujeres embarazadas en centros de detención para inmigrantes

Los testimonios de diez embarazadas se incluyen en una queja presentada ante el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS) que alega que han sido víctimas de detenciones indebidas y falta de atención médica en cárceles ICE.

J. Potashnik and Associates Offers Immigration Fraud Defense to Asylum Seekers

A substantial number of the U.S. public organizations have signed a joint letter opposing the bill. This list includes Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, League of United Latin American Citizens, National Association of Social Workers, the Episcopal Church, Women's Refugee Commission and many more nonprofits.

Complaint alleges harm to pregnant women in immigration detention centers

The complaint — made to the department’s inspector general and civil rights officer — alleges that the women suffered physical and psychological harm and asks the department to investigate the cases and report on what steps immigration authorities will take to enforce its policies on the detention and treatment of pregnant women.

Why is ICE Detaining So Many Pregnant Women?

Emma is one of the hundreds of undocumented pregnant women who are sent to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center after crossing the border — even though ICE policy forbids detention of pregnant women except under "extraordinary circumstances."

ACLU Files Complaint Against ICE For Detaining Pregnant Women Against Their Own Policy

The American Civil Liberties Union has become one of the most consistent thorns in the side of President Donald Trump. In just the first month of the administration, the group sued the president over his travel ban on seven majority-Muslim countries and won (though a more limited version of the ban was eventually implemented). Later in the administration, they sued over Trump's attempt to ban transgender individuals from the military. And on Tuesday, the ACLU filed an administrative complaint against ICE for detaining pregnant women.

Los Angeles educators and leaders speak with one voice in support of DACA students

Educators and local leaders in Los Angeles came out fast and strong against Tuesday’s announcement ending DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and in support of the hundreds of thousands of students it has protected.