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April 29, 2014
With 2.7 million Syrians having taken refuge beyond their country’s borders and 6.5 million more having fled their homes and sought shelter elsewhere within the country, almost half of Syria’s pre-...
April 25, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First applauds recent statements from Speaker of the House John Boehner indicating that he wants to proceed with an immigration reform bill in 2014. The organization...
April 16, 2014
In a few weeks, Human Rights First will open the doors to our new office in Houston, Texas and begin offering legal services to asylum-seekers. Human Rights First currently provides...
April 15, 2014
Last week, just after Human Rights First returned from a research trip on asylum issues at the border in the Rio Grande Valley, the New York Times published two pieces exploring...
April 11, 2014
Though the debate around immigration reform continues in Washington, D.C., last week Human Rights First left the capital and headed for the hot, humid, and windy Rio Grande Valley to...
April 02, 2014
Sweeping Definitions Block Case by Case Refugee Determinations, keep U.S. from living up to its Ideals. In today’s USA Today, Elliot Abrams, former deputy national security advisor to President...
March 21, 2014
NPR gave us an outstanding piece yesterday. Steve Inskeep lends voice to Saraa Zewedi Yilma, a woman seeking asylum in the United States after having fled persecution in Ethiopia.  The story...

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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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