Advocacy Briefs, Unaccompanied Children

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Joint Complaint on ICE Raids Targeting Sponsors of Unaccompanied Children

On December 6, 2017, the Women’s Refugee Commission and seven other immigrant rights organizations filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Office of Inspector General on behalf of some of the 400 people swept up in a DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “surge initiative” from June to August 2017. The complaint details how ICE officers misrepresented their objectives and role within the sponsorship process, as well as coerced parents and family members in order to detain them and frustrate the reunification process.
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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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We Belong

A letter from 10-year-old Jaden to President Obama.
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2011 HELP Act

The Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act (H.R. 3531) was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA6) during the 111th Congress. The HELP Separated Children Act was intended to protect parents' right to make decisions in the best interest of their children, provide safeguards to preserve family unity and reduce the strain immigration enforcement is placing on our foster care system and U.S. citizen children. We hope that this critical legislation will be reintroduced early in the current Congress.

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2010 Help Act

Enforcement activities conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) and local law enforcement agencies operating under agreement with ICE too often result in unnecessary harm to children, families and communities.
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2009 Help Act

This bill would implement critically needed reforms to protect children, families and communities impacted by immigration enforcement.