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May 04, 2015
Top News Immigration Detention Over the weekend, more than 500 people gathered in Dilley, Texas to protest the Obama Administration's immigration detention policies that have put hundreds of...
May 01, 2015
This morning I spoke to the New York City Council’s Committee on Immigration. I praised NYC’s municipal identification program (IDNYC), which helps many New Yorkers receive much needed proof of...
April 28, 2015
On Friday, an editorial in the Houston Chronicle urged for “more funding for our immigration court system,” pointing out that “the underfunding of adjudication has more than doubled the average...
April 21, 2015
Washington, D.C.—As Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the 45th Annual Conference on the Americas this morning, Human Rights First urges him to address how the Obama Administration can better...
April 02, 2015
Six months ago Human Rights First’s Lori Adams testified before the New York City Council Committee on Immigration as it instituted a program to ensure all unaccompanied minors who recently ran from...
April 01, 2015
U.S. faith leaders and the American Bar Association are calling on the Obama administration to end its detention of families and other deterrence-based detention practices aimed at Central American...
March 30, 2015
Washington, D.C.  – New polling data from Human Rights First reveals support among American voters for candidates who support reforms that increase protections for refugees and those seeking...


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June 6, 2014
A Discussion with Leading Experts

The current surge of migrants crossing the southern U.S. border reflects a sharp increase in the number of unaccompanied minors, children crossing with one or both parents, and adults seeking asylum who are detained in “expedited removal” processing. The overwhelming majority of these people are from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, with many fleeing rising violence and instability in their home countries. Please join Human Rights First a for a discussion with leading experts about the current state of the influx at the border, analysis of current proposals in response, and recommendations for more effective policies.


Transcription | February 10, 2015
Elisa Massimino Keynote Address American Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting Center for Human Rights Annual Luncheon Houston, Texas February 9, 2015. Thank you so much for that kind introduction...
Infographic | September 26, 2014
An overview of the Immigration System in Los Angeles. Download
Opinions | August 05, 2014
An opinion piece by Human Rights First's Eleanor Acer. As unaccompanied children from Central America have arrived at the southern border in recent months, the press has extensively documented...
Transcription | July 17, 2014
Below is a shortened transcript of the July 16 media telebriefing featuring former Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) under George W. Bush Jim Ziglar; Leslie Vélez...

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