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February 04, 2016 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today urged members of the House of Representatives to reject legislation that would severely undermine access to asylum in the United States. The call came in a...
January 22, 2016 Detention is harmful to children. It’s harmful to their mental and physical health as well as development. That’s the reality confirmed by a growing body of research on children subjected to...
January 21, 2016 New York City—Human Rights First called on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to hold a hearing to address the ongoing violations of the human rights of children and families...
December 30, 2015 When asylum seekers are stopped by federal immigration authorities, the government does not always provide them with adequate explanations regarding the immigration court process and their...
December 21, 2015 Immigration is perhaps the most bogged down in partisan rhetoric of any issue in the United States. But this year, Republicans and Democrats found enough common ground to address a vital piece of the...
December 18, 2015 Yesterday Dr. Benard Dreyer, the president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, wrote in the Houston Chronicle: “As a pediatrician, I am concerned that the federal government's current policy...
December 18, 2015 New York City – To mark International Migrants Day, Human Rights First today calls on the Obama Administration to protect the human rights of all migrants by working to ensure U.S....

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November 11, 2015
Hosted by O’Melveny & Myers LLP

On December 3rd, 2015, immigration legal experts will discuss current issues with immigration detention, hosted by O’Melveny & Myers LLP in downtown Los Angeles, CA. Eleanor Acer, senior director, Refugee Protection at Human Rights First, and David Lash, managing counsel for pro bono and public interest services at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, will lead the discussion.

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Factsheet | June 16, 2016
Download Fact Sheet Two years ago on June 20, 2014—on World Refugee Day, ironically—the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans to significantly increase its capacity to detain...
Testimony | March 23, 2016
This hearing is focused on “National Security: Threats at Our Borders” including steps that the U.S. government can take to mitigate the potential of terrorists trying to enter the country. Human...
Amicus Brief | February 24, 2016
Brief for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (“AACAP”) and the National Association of Social Workers (“NASW”) SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT Immigration detention poses a severe...
Issue Brief | February 19, 2016
Health Concerns at the Berks Family Detention Center February, 2016 In summer 2014 the Obama Administration announced their intention to detain large numbers of asylum-seeking families from...

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