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June 21, 2013
This week as we mark World Refugee Day on June 20, we urge you to please call your Senators to let them know why you care about refugees and ask them to protect the refugee and asylum provisions of...
June 21, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today praises Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) for his leadership on improving accountability and transparency of  immigration detention facilities. His...
June 20, 2013
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June 20, 2013
The United States has a longstanding tradition of providing safe haven to the persecuted. Yet not all refugees receive a warm welcome here. Some are placed in detention and forced to navigate the...
June 19, 2013
Washington, D.C. — In anticipation of World Refugee Day tomorrow, Human Rights First is urging Congress to renew America’s commitment  to refugees by addressing some serious flaws in...
June 18, 2013
Washington, D.C. – As the House Judiciary Committee proceeds today with markup of the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act, H.R. 2278, Human Rights First urges committee members to...
June 18, 2013
A teenage victim of trafficking and rape from the Balkans applied for asylum thirteen months after coming to the United States. Despite extensive evidence and testimony describing her trauma and her...

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August 8, 2014

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Letter | September 26, 2014
(Excerpt) Dear Mr. Vice President: I write on behalf of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (“APBCo”), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and several leading legal services...
Transcription | July 17, 2014
Below is a shortened transcript of the July 16 media telebriefing featuring former Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) under George W. Bush Jim Ziglar; Leslie Vélez...
Opinions | July 11, 2014
An opinion piece by James W. Ziglar former commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) under former President George W. Bush and a member of Human Rights...
Testimony | July 10, 2014
Statement submitted for the Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing On "Review of the President's Emergency Supplemental Request for Unaccompanied Children and Related Matters. Human Rights First...

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