Refugees International Joins Civil Society Organizations in Supporting Merkley Resolution on Bilateral Assistance to the West Bank and Gaza

Refugees International Joins Civil Society Organizations in Supporting  Merkley Resolution on Bilateral Assistance to the West Bank and Gaza

As organizations who implement and/or support programs that address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the West Bank and Gaza, we are grateful to Senator Merkley and co-sponsors Senators Coons, Cortez Masto, Feinstein, Leahy, and Van Hollen for introducing Senate Resolution 171.

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RI Welcomes Commitment to Register Venezuelans in Trinidad and Tobago: Urges Generous Implementation of New Policy Proposal

RI Welcomes Commitment to Register Venezuelans in Trinidad and Tobago: Urges Generous Implementation of New Policy Proposal

Progress for Venezuelans seeking protection in Trinidad and Tobago has been a point of political debate for some time now. Last Thursday, April 4, the government of Trinidad and Tobago introduced a proposed policy to allow Venezuelans to register to remain in Trinidad and Tobago for up to one year. In an open letter sent to Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley earlier this morning, Refugees International’s President Eric Schwartz welcomes this proposed policy. However, Schwartz also raises concerns about the registration process and the guarantee of essential rights like access to work and education.

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Refugees International Joins More Than 50 Organizations Opposed to Proposed Cuts to Foreign Assistance in Central America

Refugees International Joins More Than 50 Organizations Opposed to Proposed Cuts to Foreign Assistance in Central America

Refugees International and over 50 other organizations issued a statement condemning announced plans by the Trump administration to end foreign assistance programs in the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

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Refugees International Warns Against Relocating Rohingya to Bhashan Char Island

Refugees International Warns Against Relocating Rohingya to Bhashan Char Island

Refugees International is deeply concerned about plans announced by the government of Bangladesh to begin relocating Rohingya refugees to Bhashan Char, an isolated island more than 30 miles off the coast of Bangladesh.

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Coalition of Humanitarian Leaders Urge Congress to Maintain Critical Funding for Palestinian Civilians

Coalition of Humanitarian Leaders Urge Congress to Maintain Critical Funding for Palestinian Civilians

The leaders of 17 international NGOs involved in humanitarian operations and advocacy today appealed to the U.S. Congress to restore the Trump administration’s complete cut-off of assistance to Palestinian civilians in need in the Middle East. The letter urges that Members “ensure that Congress, through the appropriations process, protects humanitarian funding to meet the needs of the most vulnerable Palestinians, commensurate with prior years.”

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Congress Urged to Resist Massive Cuts in U.S. Humanitarian Aid

Congress Urged to Resist Massive Cuts in U.S. Humanitarian Aid

In a letter, over 50 former national security and foreign policy officials, as well as leaders in the NGO community, called upon Congress to resist administration proposals to dramatically cut U.S. humanitarian assistance. The letter also urges the Congress to protect the key role of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM).

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Refugees International Statement on Trump Administration's Humanitarian Relief Cuts

Refugees International Statement on Trump Administration's Humanitarian Relief Cuts

Refugees International is concerned by the Trump administration’s budget request for international humanitarian assistance for FY2020.

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RI Concerned Over U.S. CBP's Treatment of Asylum Seekers at the U.S.-Mexico Border

RI Concerned Over U.S. CBP's Treatment of Asylum Seekers at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Refugees International has raised serious concerns about the way in which asylum in the United States has been closed off for Central American families. Specifically, Refugees International has concerns about Customs and Border Protection (CBP’s) handling of asylum seekers. Read our statement for the record.

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RI Deeply Alarmed Over U.S. National Emergency Declaration

RI Deeply Alarmed Over U.S. National Emergency Declaration

The efforts of individuals to seek asylum in the United States does not constitute a national security crisis. In manufacturing this so-called crisis, the administration seeks to justify its efforts to close off asylum in violation of American law and tradition.

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President Trump’s State of the Union Address Disregards U.S. Legal Obligations Toward Refugees and Asylum Seekers

President Trump’s State of the Union Address Disregards U.S. Legal Obligations Toward Refugees and Asylum Seekers

What the president cast as a national security crisis at the U.S. southern border is instead a humanitarian crisis exacerbated by his administration’s own policies. 

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Trinidad and Tobago to Take Steps to Increase Protections for Displaced Venezuelans

Trinidad and Tobago to Take Steps to Increase Protections for Displaced Venezuelans

Refugees International welcomes the comments by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago this week that his government is working to grant Venezuelans on the islands the right to work and to an education.

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U.S. “Return to Mexico” Policy Inhumane and Illegal

 U.S. “Return to Mexico” Policy Inhumane and Illegal

Refugees International is deeply alarmed by a new policy from the Trump administration that prevents Central Americans from seeking asylum along the U.S. southern border. Under the policy, asylum seekers will now be forced to wait in Mexico while their cases are processed. This is a stark violation of U.S. and international law.

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"End the Shutdown" Legislation Riddled With Violations of U.S. Commitments to Refugee Protection

"End the Shutdown" Legislation Riddled With Violations of U.S. Commitments to Refugee Protection

Refugees International today strongly urges the Congress to reject the End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act of 2019 in its current form due to measures it would impose that violate U.S. commitments to refugee protection and abuse human rights.

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Letter Opposing Rice Amendment to H.R. 268 to Waive Environmental Regulations for Disaster Recovery Funding

Letter Opposing Rice Amendment to H.R. 268 to Waive Environmental Regulations for Disaster Recovery Funding

Refugees International joins 23 other organizations in signing on to a letter opposing the Rice Amendment to H.R. 268 to waive environmental statutes and regulations for disaster recovery funding.

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With U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Northern Syria, Humanitarian Crisis Looms

With U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Northern Syria, Humanitarian Crisis Looms

Refugees International warns that an abrupt withdrawal of American troops from northern Syria will create a power vacuum that will likely lead to a new round of conflict. Renewed fighting will disrupt communities, displace additional populations, and could trigger another humanitarian crisis.

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UN Agrees to Historic Global Compact on Refugees

UN Agrees to Historic Global Compact on Refugees

Refugees International applauds today’s broad endorsement of the Global Compact on Refugees by the UN General Assembly. This represents a critical step toward improving the lives of some 25 million refugees around the world who have fled their home countries in search of safety.

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Refugees International Congratulates Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on 10th Anniversary

Refugees International Congratulates Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on 10th Anniversary

Refugees International congratulates the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on its 10th anniversary of standing up for those whose human rights are under threat.

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Joint Civil Society Message to UN Member States at the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration

Joint Civil Society Message to UN Member States at the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration

The adoption of the Compact is a historic achievement, as it represents a comprehensive framework for multilateral cooperation on international migration. It has the real potential to make a positive impact on the lives of millions of our fellow human beings who move in search of a life of dignity and security for themselves and their families.

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Former U.S. Officials Urge U.S. Vice President Pence and Mexican President-Elect López Obrador to Protect Asylum Seekers

Former U.S. Officials Urge U.S. Vice President Pence and Mexican President-Elect López Obrador to Protect Asylum Seekers

In a letter addressed to Mexican President-Elect López Obrador and U.S. Vice President Pence, 19 former senior U.S. officials involved in national security, refugees and asylum, and Western hemispheric affairs urged the governments of Mexico and the United States to emphasize that the issue of migration from Central America is primarily a humanitarian issue.

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Letter Urges U.S. Vice President Pence and Mexican President-Elect López Obrador to Protect Asylum Seekers

Letter Urges U.S. Vice President Pence and Mexican President-Elect López Obrador to Protect Asylum Seekers

In a letter addressed to Mexican President-Elect López Obrador and U.S. Vice President Pence, 19 former senior U.S. officials involved in national security, refugees and asylum, and Western hemispheric affairs urged the governments of Mexico and the United States to emphasize that the issue of migration from Central America is primarily a humanitarian issue.

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