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December 16, 2020 WASHINGTON - In a new report, Human Rights First details the disgraceful abuse of the human rights of refugees at the U.S. southern border. The Trump administration continues to expel and return to...
December 15, 2020  Final rule creates virtually insurmountable barriers for asylum seekers to apply for and be granted humanitarian protection WASHINGTON  —  A final rule that will result in...
December 10, 2020 WASHINGTON - In the waning days of the current administration, the Trump U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Justice have rammed through a sweeping final rule, set to go into effect on January...
November 19, 2020 The Trump Administration is summarily sending refugees seeking protection from persecution or torture to immigration jail. They are often held there for months, or even years, denying them the prompt...
October 30, 2020 Human Rights First has received previously undisclosed records that reveal how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been carrying out illegal expulsions of asylum seekers and children....
October 30, 2020 WASHINGTON — A new investigation from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) today revealed systemic disinformation given to asylum seekers seeking protection...
October 21, 2020 Rules would create sweeping new categorical bars to asylum and eliminate rules intended to ensure refugee families are not separated WASHINGTON  — Human Rights First expressed its strong...

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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 | July 27, 2021
As the world marks the 70th Anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention on July 28, 2021, the United States continues to flout its legal obligations under the Convention, endangering lives, failing to...
Letter | July 21, 2021
Dear Secretary Mayorkas: We, the undersigned organizations and legal clinics, write to urge the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) to ensure that people seeking protection in the United...
Factsheet | July 14, 2021
Jailing people seeking asylum protection in U.S. immigration detention centers is a cruel and costly mistake. Download Detention inflicts enormous physical and psychological harm,...
Letter | July 13, 2021
Dear Secretary Mayorkas, We, the undersigned organizations, write to urge the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop targeting asylum seekers...

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