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July 07, 2015
Last week Ashley Kaper, Managing Attorney at Human Rights First’s Houston office, spoke to Edel Howlins of Houston Matters, an area public radio show. During the interview she discussed the amazing...
July 06, 2015
Top News Guantanamo Over the weekend, six former British cabinet ministers joined a group of more than 80 prominent Britons to urge the Obama Administration to free Shaker Aamer, the last British...
June 29, 2015
Top News Family Immigration Detention As Independence Day approaches, the Department of Homeland Security has announced reforms that will allow detained families who pass a credible fear or...
June 24, 2015
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First said that today’s proposed reforms to the family detention system announced by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson are an important step,...
June 23, 2015
Yesterday I toured the Berks County Residential Center, an immigration detention facility for families with children under 18. The facility, operated by Berks County under a contract with the...
June 22, 2015
Leesport, Pennsylvania—Following a tour today of the Berks County family detention facility in Leesport, Pennsylvania, Human Rights First calls on the Obama Administration to end its policy of...
June 20, 2015
New York City—To mark World Refugee Day, Human Rights First calls the Obama Administration to uphold the United States’ commitment to protecting the persecuted by ending the detention of women and...

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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.

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Report | August 19, 2015
“We are not delinquents who should be imprisoned.” – Eleven-year-old girl on her detention at Berks County Residential Center Summary and Recommendations The Berks County Residential Center...
Opinions | August 14, 2015
This is cross-posted from The Austin American-Statesman By Luis H. Zayas and Aimee Miller – Special to the American-Statesman Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 | Filed in: Opinion The names in this...
Factsheet | August 06, 2015
All last week, a Human Rights First attorney and social worker visited the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, where they provided legal and psychosocial assistance to families....
Factsheet | July 31, 2015
Last week the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ruled that the federal government violated a settlement agreement by detaining children in family detention centers with their...

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