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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...
February 10, 2016 Berks, Pennsylvania—In a statement released today, 30 mothers detained at the Berks Family Detention Center have asked to be released from their prolonged detention with their children. The open...
February 04, 2016 In a January 27, 2016 letter to the operators of the Berks County Residential Center, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services confirmed its decision not to renew the facility’s...
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...

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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 | 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...
Report | July 25, 2016
Download Full Report Lifeline on Lockdown: Increased U.S. Detention of Asylum Seekers War, repression, terrorism, and rampant human rights violations have conspired to produce what’s commonly...
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...

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