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February 17, 2017
Senior Director, Refugee Protection
New York City—Human Rights First expressed its opposition to proposals included in a draft Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memorandum outlining potential steps to implement President Trump’s...
February 16, 2017
Director, National Security Outreach
Washington, D.C.—Today Veterans for American Ideals, a project of Human Rights First, filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Hameed Darweesh, an Iraqi man who served alongside U.S....
February 16, 2017
Senior Associate, Human Trafficking
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First welcomed yesterday’s re-introduction of the Trafficking in Persons Report Integrity Act, which would strengthen the State Department’s annual Trafficking...
February 15, 2017
Director, Antisemitism and Extremism
New York City—Human Rights First today said that President Trump's statement on antisemitism and hate crime in the United States was inappropriate and widely missed the mark. During a joint press...
February 15, 2017
President and Chief Executive Officer
Washington, D.C. - In testimony today before the Senate, Human Rights First’s President and CEO Elisa Massimino urged Congress to combat human trafficking by blocking any executive...
February 14, 2017
Director, National Security Advocacy
Washington, D.C.—In response to reports that President Trump is considering whether to send an alleged al Qaeda member to the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Human Rights First today urged the...
February 10, 2017
Senior Director, Refugee Protection
New York City—Human Rights First today, along with the pro bono assistance of Patterson, Belknap, Webb, and Tyler LLP, filed a supplemental amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold a...
February 09, 2017
Senior Director, Refugee Protection
New York City—Human Rights First said that today's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that refused to reinstate President Trump's executive order is a victory for the rule of law and American...
February 08, 2017
Vice President, Advocacy
New York City-- Human Rights First today urged the newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to enforce and uphold the law as he has pledged to do. The organization said that it will hold...
February 08, 2017
Director of Human Rights and Civil Society
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today urged members of Congress to support legislation that would make it more difficult for President Trump to unilaterally lift certain Ukraine-...