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    Migrant Rights and Justice

    Homeland Security seeks indefinite detention of immigrant families

    “It’s clear that this administration is not going to hold itself responsible for the welfare of these children,” said Katharina Obser, a policy adviser with the nonprofit Women’s Refugee Commission.

    As 400+ Children Remain Separated From Parents, Trump Admin Wants to Detain Kids Indefinitely

    The steering committee is comprised of Women’s Refugee Commission, KIND, Paul Weiss law firm, and Justice in Motion, and we have a defender network of 44 human rights organizations and human rights lawyers in Mexico and Central America that are being mobilized to search for these parents.

    Trump Push for Indefinite Detention of Children is Morally Bankrupt and Inhumane

    The Trump administration has been whittling away at the basic rights of women and children since they came into office. Efforts to weaken or eliminate basic child protection standards by calling them loopholes and eliminating their obligations for the basic care of children is just another example of this administration’s abdication of human rights.

    Joan Baez, Willie Nelson and local legends galore: Your guide to the hottest concerts of fall

    The Lantern Tour with Emmylou Harris, Oct. 27, Orpheum Theatre: Harris teams with Jackson Browne, Lila Downs and Steve Earle for a concert to benefit the Women’s Refugee Commission. Art and advocacy stand hand-in-hand at this acoustic show looking to raise funds for and shine a light on America’s immigration crisis.

    The Trump Administration Plans To Detain More Children And For Longer

    Michelle Brané, the director of migrant rights and justice at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said the government should assign immigrants case managers who help them through the legal process, a solution that is both more humane and cost-effective than detention. 

    Jeff Sessions Is Executing Trump’s Immigration Plans With a Quiet, Efficient Brutality

    “Women and children will die as a result of these policies,” Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, told Mother Jones when the decision was first announced.

    La nueva norma de Trump que busca extender el periodo de detención de niños inmigrantes

    La directora del programa de Derechos Migrantes y Justicia de la organización Women’s Refugee Commission, Michelle Brané, sostuvo que las propuestas del gobierno demuestran que éste “ha abdicado respecto al resguardo de los Derechos Humanos”.

    Trump Administration Wants Authority Detain Migrant Families Longer Than 20 Days

    “Efforts to weaken or eliminate basic child protection standards by calling them a burden or loopholes, and eliminating their obligations for the basic care of children, is just another example of the administration’s abdication of human rights,” said Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission.

    Shelters for child immigrants struggle with accountability, consistent monitoring

    In 2009 researchers with the Women's Refugee Commission predicted that “problems related to providing care and safety in increasingly large facilities are likely to deepen as apprehensions continue to increase, unless DUCS (Division of Unaccompanied Children Services) begins to rely on smaller, more homelike facilities with better staff-to-child ratios.”

    Trump Administration Plans to Triple Size of Tent Camp for Migrant Children

    The Women’s Refugee Commission and National Immigrant Justice Center predicted the effects of the agreement this summer, writing that it would “accelerate not only the decline in releases to parents, but also releases overall, leading to longer stays in ORR custody.”

    Trump Administration Wants To Keep Children In Immigration Detention Longer Than What Is Legally Required

    “The Trump administration has been whittling away at the basic rights of women and children since they came into office,” Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission told The New York Times.

    The Trump administration wants to bypass rules that protect immigrant children

    “This is an administration that has not complied with the settlement agreement as it is,” Michelle Brane, the director of Migrant Rights and Justice at the Women’s Refugee Commission, told NPR.

    After Trump's Family Separation Plan, One mother’s Hellish Journey to Find Her 8-Year-Old Son

    According to a government source familiar with the crisis, no protocols were put in place for the Department of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services to track families who were broken apart, “leaving behind paper files, incomplete lists of names and a black hole.” There are no records of many deported parents’ locations, especially if they were fleeing violence in their home countries, says Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission. “Let’s not forget,” she tells me, “the government separated these families with really no plan for ­reunifying them.” (The administration is still seeking to harden immigration policy. In September, it moved to sidestep time limits on child detention. If approved, a new regulation would allow authorities to hold kids with their parents indefinitely until cases are resolved in immigration court.)

    Emmylou Harris on ‘Sally Rose’ Reissue, Influence of Springsteen’s ‘Nebraska’

    Later in October,the artist will join Steve Earle, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Graham Nash and more for the Lantern Tour, a five-city trek to raise awareness and funds for the mission of the Women's Refugee Commission.

    NGOs Oppose U.S. Plans to Fund Mexico for Deportations of Non-Mexican Migrants & Bilateral Negotiations around a Safe Third Country Agreement, Urge Governments to Abandon Plans

    The undersigned immigrant rights, refugee rights, humanitarian, human rights, children’s rights, women’s rights, and faith-based organizations from Mexico and the United States strongly oppose a reported plan from the United States to fund the Mexican government for the deportations of non-Mexicans from Mexico to their home countries, as well as ongoing bilateral negotiations between the United States and Mexico around a safe third country agreement. 

    Read the Full Letter

    Seeking asylum

    To qualify for asylum in the United States, you have to prove that you can’t return to your home country because you have suffered, or are likely to suffer, persecution there. But how do you provide evidence that returning home could put you in danger? Who’s actually deemed eligible for asylum, and who’s turned away, especially under the Trump administration?

    Trump officials claim they are unaware of health risks associated with child detention

    "A reminder as the hearing ends: Flores protects children, is grounded in child welfare principles, & ensures court oversight. This admin is desperately trying to overturn it  to be able to lock up more children, for longer periods of time, & make it even harder to seek protection."

    'People will die': Obama official's stark warning as Trump slashes refugee numbers

    "There is no question that from the very beginning this administration had a goal to shut down or extremely limit the refugee program,” said Michelle Brané, director of the migrant rights and justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission.

    ICE Arrested Immigrants Who Came Forward To Sponsor Undocumented Kids & It's Just What They Feared

    The Women's Refugee Commission criticized the memo at the time, warning that it "replaced the best interests of children with the operational expediency of immigration enforcement."

    As costs for detaining migrant children soars, Trump administration draining cash from health, education programs

    These changes “undermine family reunification, the fundamental principle of child welfare law, by turning safe placement screening into a mechanism for immigration enforcement,” the Women’s Refugee Commission and National Immigrant Justice Center said in a statement.