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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...
December 15, 2014
Last week the United States pledged to lead in resettling Syrian refugees, with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration Anne Richard describing how the flow of...
December 09, 2014
Washington, DC – Today and tomorrow, Human Rights First convenes its third annual Human Rights Summit, bringing together human rights defenders, U.S. policymakers, military leaders, and business...
November 24, 2014
Top News Defense Secretary Hagel Resigns Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will resign today. According to a senior defense source quoted by the Associated Press, Secretary Hagel and President...
November 21, 2014
New York City - In the wake of President Obama’s announcement of executive actions to defer deportation of up to 5 million immigrants, Human Rights First called on the administration to take...
November 20, 2014
Washington, D.C. – In response to President Obama’s announcement tonight that he would take steps through executive action to defer deportation and provide work permission for up to 5 million...

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Impact Study | March 27, 2015
Few voters in targeted congressional districts and in both New Hampshire and South Carolina believe the country’s asylum and refugee system is “working well” as it is, instead, voters view the system...
Factsheet | March 02, 2015
Protecting the persecuted is a core American value. The U.S. asylum system has protected thousands of refugees from returning to places where they would face political, religious, or other...
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...

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