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September 20, 2021 WASHINGTON -- As the Biden administration ramps up its expulsion of Haitians and making arbitrary distinctions between groups fleeing persecution and danger, Human Rights First today urged the...
September 17, 2021 Washington -- As Congress considers a Continuing Resolution for fiscal year 2022, Human Rights First today joined veteran, human rights, and refugee organizations in urging Congress to meet the...
September 16, 2021 NEW YORK – Human Rights First today welcomed a federal court order blocking the Biden administration from expelling families to danger under the Title 42 policy, which uses public health as a pretext...
September 08, 2021 by Chloe Lowell, Human Rights First Intern   President Biden campaigned on a promise to reverse inhumane asylum policies, create fair processes, and welcome refugees fleeing persecution....
September 03, 2021 WASHINGTON -- Human Rights First lauds today’s introduction by Representatives Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Don Bacon (R-NE) of The Welcoming Evacuees Coming from Overseas to Mitigate Effects of...
August 31, 2021 “The Biden administration’s August 31 deadline is not our deadline,” said veterans and advocates WASHINGTON -- Today marks President Biden’s deadline for the end of operations in Afghanistan but...
August 31, 2021 Human Rights First’s President and CEO Michael Breen responded to President Biden’s remarks on the end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan:  “The president has made clear, U.S. military’s...

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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 | September 23, 2021
Records received by Human Rights First from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that the agency systematically and arbitrarily failed to...
Letter | September 22, 2021
Dear President Biden, As leaders of civil rights and human rights organizations, we write at an inflection point for your Administration’s commitment to a humane and just immigration policy. In...
Factsheet | September 21, 2021
On September 18, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a “comprehensive strategy” to expel thousands of Haitian and other asylum-seeking families and adults who had crossed into...
Letter | September 17, 2021
Dear President Biden, Secretary Mayorkas, and Attorney General Garland: In the wake of multiple federal court decisions holding that your administration’s policies are likely unlawful, we, the 71...

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