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October 24, 2016 At our annual dinner in last Wednesday in New York City, Human Rights First presented the 2016 Marvin Frankel Award to three law firms for outstanding pro bono service to asylum seekers and refugees...
October 21, 2016 Washington, D.C.—In response to reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expects the number of individuals held in immigration detention to balloon to 45,000 in coming weeks—breaking...
October 20, 2016 By Joe Jenkins The civil war in Syria has raged on for over five years, but many Americans only began to learn about the ensuing refugee crisis recently. With that awareness comes a seemingly non-...
October 17, 2016 Top Items Guantanamo Human Rights First today praised the repatriation of Guantanamo detainee Mohamedou Slahi to Mauritania, and encourages the Obama Administration to keep up the pace of...
October 17, 2016 New York City – Today, Human Rights First and the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) at the Urban Justice Center and Human Rights First published a white paper on...
October 13, 2016 By Joe Jenkins Late last week, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton withdrew his lawsuit against the U.S. government in a move that may signal the end of the state’s resistance to the federal refugee...
October 13, 2016 Washington, D.C. - As President Obama enters the last 100 days of his term in office, Human Rights First today urged him to take specific actions to secure his legacy on human rights. The call came...

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Factsheet | February 22, 2017
On January 25, 2017, President Trump issued two executive orders addressing U.S. immigration policies, entitled “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” and “Enhancing Public Safety...
Letter | February 21, 2017
The Honorable John F. Kelly Secretary of Homeland Security The Honorable Rex Tillerson Secretary of State Re: U.S. Global Leadership on Human Rights and Refugee Protection ...
Factsheet | February 16, 2017
How President Trump's Executive Order on Refugees and Immigration Impacts at risk Iraqis with U.S. Affiliations Congress created two special programs to protect Iraqis at risk due to their work...
Testimony | February 14, 2017
TESTIMONY OF ELISA MASSIMINO PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER HUMAN RIGHTS FIRST Hearing on Ending Modern Slavery: Building on Success Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee...

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