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February 29, 2016 Top News Guantanamo Last week the Pentagon sent Congress the Obama Administration’s plan to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The plan includes the accelerated transfer of...
February 24, 2016 New York City - Human Rights First, along with Munger, Tolles & Olson, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the case of Flores v. Lynch, the...
February 23, 2016 In an amicus brief submitted to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today, medical and mental health professionals say that the government’s family detention facilities are incapable of meeting...
February 22, 2016 Top News Guantanamo Tomorrow is the statutory deadline for the Obama Administration to give Congress its plan for closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The...
February 19, 2016 New York City— As the license of the Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania is set to expire this weekend, Human Rights First today renewed calls on the U.S. Department...
February 16, 2016 Top News Torture Last week 42 of the nation’s most respected retired generals and admirals released a letter sent to all candidates for president urging them to publicly reject the use of torture...
February 11, 2016 On Friday February 5th the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PA DHS) received notice that the Berks County Residential Center—one of three family immigration detention centers in the United...

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July 7, 2016

On August 3rd the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and Human Rights First will host a breakfast discussion on the impact of expedited removal and detention policies on individuals seeking asylum in the United States, as well as recommended reforms. With President Obama set to host a Leaders’ Summit in September to address the global refugee crisis, participants will identify ways that the United States can lead by example in terms of its treatment of asylum seekers who request protection at U.S. airports and borders.

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Issue Brief | September 22, 2016
Download Brief In August 2016 Human Rights First visited the Irwin County Detention Center and the Stewart Detention Center in southern Georgia. The Stewart Detention Center, operated by...
Report | August 26, 2016
Download Full Report War, repression, terrorism, and rampant human rights violations have conspired to produce what’s commonly called the global refugee crisis. There are more than 20 million...
Issue Brief | August 19, 2016
  Download Full Brief On August 8, 2016, 22 mothers at the Berks County Residential Center launched a hunger strike to protest their long-term detention and the harm it has inflicted on...
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...

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