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March 02, 2015
In the midst of the politicized debate surrounding funding for the Department of Homeland Security, Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) stepped up to the plate to make strong...
February 26, 2015
Last year thousands of Central American asylum seekers crossed our southern border, many of them mothers travelling with young children. The Obama administration quickly locked many of them in...
February 25, 2015
Last Friday a federal court ruled that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security cannot continue to detain mothers and children seeking asylum in an attempt to deter others from migrating to the...
February 11, 2015
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today urged members of Congress to reject proposed legislation that would severely undermine our nation’s commitment to refugees and asylum seekers by sending...
February 10, 2015
Yesterday Elisa Massimino, Human Rights First President and CEO, spoke to the American Bar Association (ABA) during its midyear meeting. She laid out the case for American leadership on human rights...
February 10, 2015
Advocates for the human rights of LGBT people across the globe face unique struggles and legal landscapes. On Friday February 6, I participated in a panel examining these issues called “LGBT Rights...
February 04, 2015
The immigration court backlog is staggering, with many people facing delays of four or more years. President Obama’s proposed budget, released yesterday, would take a step towards addressing this. It...

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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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