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June 15, 2015
New York City—One year after the Obama Administration began detaining thousands of Central American mothers and children seeking protection in the United States, Human Rights First has released a...
June 08, 2015
Top News Torture This week in an historic step forward toward ensuring that torture is never again the official policy of the United States, Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA...
June 02, 2015
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First welcomed today’s call to end the misguided policy of detaining families seeking asylum in the United States.  The call came in a letter from 33...
June 02, 2015
Top News Defense Authorization The Senate is poised to consider its FY16 National Defense Authorization Act, a bill that could have significant ramifications for U.S. national security and human...
May 27, 2015
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised members of the House of Representatives who called on Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Jeh Johnson to end the practice of detaining families...
May 21, 2015
Today members of Congress held a press conference condemning the administration’s policy of holding mothers and children seeking asylum in immigration detention facilities. Seeking asylum in the...
May 21, 2015
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First welcomed today’s call to end the cruel practice of family immigration detention made by a number of Members of Congress during a press conference today....

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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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