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May 04, 2022 In the United States, people who have fled persecution in their home countries and requested asylum must support themselves while they wait for a decision in their case. The U.S. government does not...
April 19, 2022 People seeking protection in the United States often wait years for a decision on their application for asylum. For many these delays have been exacerbated by the failure of the Asylum Office to...
April 15, 2022 By Brian Dooley Tucked away on the edge of a forest on the Polish side of the Poland-Belarus border is a cottage with a green door. Inside is a small group of volunteers from the Catholic...
April 11, 2022 By Brian Dooley For now, their real names must be kept hidden: locals along Poland’s border with Belarus who are secretly helping refugees in the forests that straddle the two countries. Since...
April 04, 2022 The Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA) of 1998 requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to produce and provide to Congress annual reports on the detention of asylum...
March 24, 2022 WASHINGTON D.C. – In response to the new interim final rule issued today by the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, Human Rights First welcomes improvements made to the initial proposed...
March 20, 2022 By Brian Dooley Ksenja is a 24 year-old pediatric doctor in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv. She told Human Rights First that after a brief respite in the west of the country, today she’s on her way back...

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August 8, 2021
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Join Human Rights First and our partners in a series of panel discussions.  These virtual discussions highlight key issues and initiatives in our work to represent and protect refugees and asylum seekers; they will also honor the 70th Anniversary of the Geneva Refugee Convention of 1951.

Resources

Factsheet | May 06, 2022
On March 29, 2022, the Biden administration published an Interim Final Rule (IFR) that creates a new process for asylum seekers entering the United States. The IFR contains significant improvements—...
Amicus Brief | May 05, 2022
Human Rights First joined 57 other organizations and public interest law firms in filing this amicus brief in the case before the federal district court for the Western District of Louisiana in which...
Report | April 27, 2022
In April 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that as of May 23, 2022, it would terminate the Title 42 order, which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has for...
Letter | April 22, 2022
Dear President Biden: As leaders of immigrant, civil rights, humanitarian, human rights, and labor organizations, our missions include the goal of safeguarding asylum access in the United States....

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