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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...
March 19, 2014 Washington, D.C. – As Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard meets with her Turkish counterparts this week in Ankara and Adana, Human Rights First urges her to raise the issue of barriers...
March 19, 2014 A recent op-ed in The Boston Globe discusses ways in which fraud detection measures in the U.S. asylum system are working, and outlines how the asylum system can be strengthened to protect refugees....
March 13, 2014 At an event in Washington, D.C. yesterday, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres emphasized the need for—and indispensable role of—U.S. leadership in the effort to help...
March 05, 2014 By Jess Ballance  This week, Human Rights First will profile just a few of the millions of women worldwide who are fighting discrimination and gender-based violence, who work tirelessly to...
February 27, 2014 A piece in Saturday’s The New York Times details the appalling conduct that led to high-profile indictments in December 2012 against more than 30 lawyers, paralegals, and interpreters who prepared...
February 26, 2014 Please tune in today as Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino joins The Diane Rehm Show to discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria, which continues to deteriorate. As the show’s...

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August 8, 2018
Presented by Human Rights First and the International Refugee Assistance Project

U.S. Leadership and the Global Refugee Crisis

The United States has historically been a global leader in protecting refugees and promoting their rights. As the world faces the worst refugee crisis since World War II, it is critical that the United States lead in addressing this issue by protecting and supporting refugees abroad and at home, and encouraging and persuading other nations to do so as well.

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Factsheet | December 11, 2018
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently reported that the southern border saw a “dramatic increase” in credible fear claims from asylum seekers in fiscal year 2018. But data from the Department...
Report | December 11, 2018
In the run-up to the mid-term elections, President Trump focused much of his rhetoric on “the caravan” of migrants heading north through Mexico. The caravan, which included many refugees, was, in the...
Factsheet | November 28, 2018
The Trump Administration is reportedly in talks with representatives of the incoming Mexican government to implement a so-called “Remain in Mexico” plan that would return asylum seekers to Mexico...
Factsheet | November 27, 2018
This year the Trump Administration has engaged in an unprecedented assault on asylum seekers and refugees seeking protection at the southern border. From criminally prosecuting asylum...

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