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January 29, 2015
Two weeks ago I visited Egypt to speak to some of the many refugees who have sought shelter there from violence and persecution. I met with refugees from Syria, Sudan, Iraq, Ethiopia, Eritrea and...
January 16, 2015
The Dilley Family Residential Center is now open in South Texas and will soon house up to 2,400 immigrant mothers and children who came to the United States seeking refuge. This week we went on a...
January 10, 2015
AMMAN, Jordan - Many Syrian refugees are struggling in the face of a brutal winter storm that has poured snow, rain and hail down on Jordan, Lebanon, and the broader region. While some...
January 09, 2015
As Congress enters its 114th session, human rights must take the spotlight. This blog series will address what we at Human Rights First believe should take top priority in Washington in the next year...
January 05, 2015
AMMAN, Jordan – In response to Lebanon’s new border restrictions that could prevent many Syrian refugees fleeing violence from accessing needed protection, Human Rights First today urged...
December 22, 2014
Last week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson sent a message. Standing in front of the new immigration detention facility in Dilley, Texas—which will house up to 2,400...
December 18, 2014
New York City - As today marks International Migrants Day, Human Rights First urges the U.S. government to protect the human rights of migrants by working to reform policies and practices...

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Resources

Factsheet | February 12, 2015
Protecting the persecuted is a core American value. The U.S. asylum system has protected thousands of refugees from return to places where they would face political, religious, or other persecution...
Testimony | February 11, 2015
Download the Testimony American Values and Refugee Protection Commitments  Protecting the persecuted is a core American value. Reflecting this country’s deep-seated commitment to liberty...
Transcription | February 10, 2015
Elisa Massimino Keynote Address American Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting Center for Human Rights Annual Luncheon Houston, Texas February 9, 2015. Thank you so much for that kind introduction...
Opinions | November 21, 2014
This is a cross-post from The Hill Tonight the president is expected to announce executive action to defer deportation and provide work permission for up to 5 million immigrants who are presently...

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