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May 27, 2020 WASHINGTON - In a letter sent today to the heads of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Human Rights First, together with the Center...
May 13, 2020 WASHINGTON - As the Acting Secretary for the Department Homeland Security (DHS) travels to points along the U.S. border with Mexico this week, the Trump administration continues using the coronavirus...
April 30, 2020 WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Homeland Security published the United States’ “asylum cooperative agreement,” agreement with Honduras - a move that may signal plans to move ahead with the...
April 21, 2020 WASHINGTON – In response to President Trump’s tweet in which he said he would suspend immigration to the United States, Human Rights First issued the following statement:  “The White House is...
April 20, 2020 WASHINGTON – In response to the Trump administration’s announcement that it will extend its illegal practice of immediately expelling asylum seekers and unaccompanied children at the U.S. border with...
March 25, 2020 Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis While Protecting Asylum Seekers (Updated March 25, 2020) Amnesty International USA, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières USA, Human Rights First,...
March 20, 2020 WASHINGTON - In response to confirmation that an ICE employee at an immigration detention center in New Jersey who self-quarantined a week ago with symptoms has tested positive for COVID-19, Human...

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May 5, 2019

Once a year, World Refugee Day honors refugees and asylum seekers.

Yet every single day, we are inspired by the courage and resilience of those who fled danger, risking everything in hopes of building a better life for themselves and their families.

Join us on Tuesday, June 18th, for a reception celebrating our clients, honoring the work of our pro bono and community partners, and recommitting to shaping a brighter future for those seeking safety from harm.

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Resources

Factsheet | June 01, 2020
February 25: Dr. Allen & Dr. Rich, detention medical experts and consultants to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), warn the agency of public health risks of ICE detention...
Letter | May 27, 2020
May 27, 2020 Dear Acting Secretary Wolf and Director Redfield: Our 262 legal, faith-based, humanitarian, human rights, and community organizations, many of which advocate on behalf of...
Factsheet | May 15, 2020
The United States has the ability to both safeguard public health in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and safeguard the lives of families, adults, and children seeking asylum and other humanitarian...
Report | May 13, 2020
The Trump Administration is exploiting the coronavirus crisis to pursue its long-held goal of preventing refugees from seeking and receiving humanitarian protection in the United States. Under...

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