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September 19, 2016 New York City—In remarks today before the U.N. High Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants, Human Rights First’s Eleanor Acer urged countries to uphold commitments to refugee protection laws and...
September 19, 2016 Top Items United Nations Tomorrow President Obama will give his eighth and final presidential address to the United Nations General Assembly. The speech will likely focus on the refugee crisis...
September 15, 2016 By Joe Jenkins In North Texas, September 11th is not only a day of remembrance—it’s a time to rekindle the feeling of unity that swept the nation after that fateful day. For the past 15 years,...
September 14, 2016 New York City—Human Rights First today welcomes the Obama Administration’s decision to increase the number of refugees resettled in the United States to at least 110,000 in 2017, up from 85,000 in...
September 13, 2016 By Joe Jenkins Amid the contentious debate over the U.S. response to the global refugee crisis, veterans are quickly becoming one of the most powerful voices in the room. In addition to high...
August 31, 2016 By Kristina Doan and Joe Jenkins Ahead of news that the White House met its goal of resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees by September, supporters of refugee resettlement rallied at the National Mall...
August 31, 2016 On Monday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson issued a statement announcing that DHS would be reviewing its use of private prisons following a recent decision by the Department of Justice’s...

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Factsheet | April 25, 2017
The Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program 2009-2017 What is the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program? In 2009, Congress passed the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009. The Act...
Amicus Brief | April 24, 2017
As President George Washington wrote to a religious minority community containing many immigrants in 1790, “the Government of the United States . . . gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution...
Amicus Brief | April 11, 2017
SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT (excerpt...) As President George Washington wrote to a religious minority community containing many immigrants in 1790, “the Government of the United States . . . gives to...
Testimony | April 05, 2017
The United States has laws and policies designed to protect refugees from return to persecution. In the wake of World War II, the United States helped lead efforts to draft the Convention Relating to...

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