Rights & Justice

Border Patrol Deported 93% of Unaccompanied Mexican Children under 14 without Legal Hearings

"The vast majority unaccompanied minors are not getting a chance to show they fear persecution if they’re returned to their home countries"--a legal requirement under U.S. and international law.

The Complex History and Tragic Return of Family Detention

Family detention has expanded dramatically in the last year--but the root causes, policies and efforts surrounding it reach further into the past. This interactive timeline charts the rise, recession, and resurgence of family detention. Though it all, one lesson is clear: there is no humane way to detain families. 

Chance of Citizenship Also Destroyed in Nepal

A gender-discriminatory nationality law means that thousands of Nepali children born after the earthquake may be unable to claim citizenship. This puts them at risk of marginalization, decreased education and healthcare, and poverty.

Detained or Deported: What About My Children?

Maintaining custody of your children during detention and deportation can be extremely complicated. Apprehended parents are not guaranteed a phone call to make care arrangements for their children. Children can end up in the child welfare system if both parents are apprehended, if the migrant is a single parent, or if another parent or caretaker doesn't know how to find them.

Detained or Deported: What About My Children? is an in-depth guide is for migrant parents and their relatives, friends, advocates and lawyers. It provides step-by-step instructions for how to ensure that they get their children back at the end of the immigration process. It also includes a safety planning tool so that parents can create a safe and effective plan to have in place before they are detained. 

ICE's Parental Interests Directive: Helping Families Caught Between the Immigration and Child Welfare Systems

I met Marta (not her real name) in a migrant shelter in Nogales, Mexico. She had been deported from the U.S. only days before, leaving behind her four children – three of them U.S. citizens – who were split between foster homes and facing permanent separation from their mother.  Two years earlier, Marta had been apprehended in her home, while her children were present. She remembers her daughters crying, as she was taken away, “mommy, no; mommy no.” But Marta was not given an opportunity to arrange for a relative or friend to care for her children. Instead, they were placed into the child welfare system and she was taken first to a local jail and later to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility.

200+ Advocates Offer Principles for Immigration Reform that Works for Children

Current immigration law largely ignores and often explicitly disregards the interests of children. "The priorities of children need to be included in immigration reform—we cannot, yet again, compromise their basic rights to due process and protection," said Michelle Brané, Director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program at the Women’s Refugee Commission.

Is Germany Failing Female Refugees?

“These things that weren’t expensive to solve, that would’ve gone a long way to improving women’s safety and dignity, were completely overlooked,” says Marcy Hersh, WRC senior advocacy officer.