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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...
March 16, 2015
Top News WAR AUTHORIZATION On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey will appear before the House Armed Services Committee to...
March 09, 2015
Top News WAR AUTHORIZATION On Wednesday morning, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on the president’s request for Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS....
March 09, 2015
Last week Vice President Joe Biden travelled to Central America to meet with the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras and the president of the Inter-American Development Bank. The...
March 08, 2015
For International Women’s Day, we are honored to share the story of a brave woman who received asylum after enduring horrific violence in Honduras and immigration detention in Texas. Lisa’s life...


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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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