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April 09, 2014 In yesterday’s Times-Picayune,  Assistant Professor Ken Mayeaux of Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Herbert Law Center (LSU Law), discussed the gaps in legal representation for immigrants....
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...
January 29, 2014 Draft Principles Fall Short Washington, DC – The draft Republican immigration reform principles that appeared today are a serious development in the campaign to complete immigration reform...
October 11, 2013 Alexander* was being persecuted for his sexual orientation and finally fled his home country in 2010. By the time Human Rights First met him in 2011, he’d made it to the United States, but had been...
July 17, 2013 Washington, DC –Human Rights First urges members of Congress at today’s House Oversight Committee Subcommittee on National Securityhearing on “Border Security Oversight, Part III: Examining...
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 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...

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October 10, 2017
A Discussion on Immigration Court Backlogs and Due Process

At this lunchtime event, Human Rights First will present its key findings, and panelists and guests will discuss the real-world impact of immigration court changes, proposed changes, and backlogs on access to counsel, access to asylum, due process and fairness.  

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| February 13, 2019
On January 29, 2019, the Trump Administration began implementing its perversely dubbed “Migration Protection Protocols.” In reality, this policy is about denying—not providing—protection to refugees...
| January 30, 2019
Between fiscal years (FY) 2010 and 2016, the percentage of asylum seekers from the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras granted protection rose by 96 percent, according...
Factsheet | January 25, 2019
Recent data shows that asylum seekers continue to appear for immigration court proceedings at high rates. In fiscal year 2018, Department of Justice (DOJ) figures show that 89 percent of all asylum...
Report | January 15, 2019
In the name of national security, the Trump Administration has taken numerous steps that threaten the human rights of asylum seekers and other immigrants. Several of these punitive actions—such as...

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