It is past time for Congress and State Department to step up and play a larger role in addressing the humanitarian consequences of conflict in Cameroon. The alternative—silence and inaction—means more innocent Cameroonian lives will be lost.
In a particularly egregious violation of law and common decency, the Trump White House is pressing U.S. diplomats to negotiate a “safe third country agreement” with Guatemala. If implemented, it will put the lives of thousands of Central Americans at great risk. Alarmed, Eric Schwartz, president of Refugees International, took the unusual step of writing a letter to the State Department’s top acting lawyer, urging he and his office cease involvement in efforts to secure the agreement.
In Quito, Ecuador, Diálogo Diverso is working with pride to help LGBTQI+ Venezuelans who have fled their home country find shelter, food, and other resources. They work to “reach LGBTQI+ individuals where they are” in Ecuador.
In a video message, Refugees International President Eric Schwartz shares thoughts on the tragic image of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria from El Salvador whose deaths are the inevitable result of policies that prevent people from seeking asylum in safety and dignity.
Several countries around the world including Jordan are slowly recognizing the right of refugees to work and providing them opportunities to join the formal labor market. Refugees International is partnering with the Center for Global Development (CGD), the IKEA Foundation, Tent, and the Western Union Foundation in a joint initiative to push for more laws and policies that allow refugees to work legally and in decent conditions.
Due to a change in application procedures, Afghans in Turkey are facing major obstacles when applying for asylum. Sadaf Doost interviewed Dr. Zakira and Dr. Ali Hekmat, co-founders of Afghan Refugees Solidarity and Aid Association, on their work providing relief for Afghan refugees in Turkey.
When Cyclone Idai roared across Mozambique in March, the storm’s severity surprised everyone. Amid the destruction, Senior Advocate Devon Cone met one woman who lost everything—but was given a new home.
Statelessness remains at the heart of the Rohingya crisis. The failure to effectively address this root cause has affected not only Rohingya in Myanmar but more than 1 million Rohingya refugees who have fled to other countries.
Ever since Congress denied funding for his border wall, President Trump has blamed Democrats for allowing smugglers to “tape up” women and traffic them over the border. There’s little evidence to support that claim. Yet, a House Homeland Security Advisory Council report suggested that the way to stop exploitation of Central American kids is to adopt a policy of swift repatriation and prolonged detention of children seeking asylum. This is an unserious and inhumane approach to the horrors of exploitation and persecution.
Drought affects 80 percent of Afghanistan’s territory. The government has drawn direct ties between the climate and the country’s economy, food security, and overall stability, so people displaced by climate change-related emergencies could slow Afghanistan’s growth and undermine efforts to reach a successful peace plan.
One of the greatest humanitarian disasters in Syria to date is looming. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his backers, including Russia and Iran, have steadily regained control of most of the country. The northwest governor of Idlib and its surroundings in northern Hama and Aleppo countryside are the rebels’ last stronghold. Now Damascus and its allies are applying their brutal efforts there. While the immediate threat to civilians there is dire, if Assad isn’t stopped what comes after could be even worse.
In remarks at Saint John’s Church, Refugees International President Eric Schwartz explains that for many tens of thousands of Central Americans—and even hundreds of thousands—forced migration is fueled by well-founded fears of women, men, and children about serious and striking abuses of their human rights.
Refugees International hosted its 40th Anniversary Dinner on April 30, 2019, to celebrate four decades of work, advocacy, and to honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and commitment to humanitarian action.
Freedom of the press, a crucial pillar safeguarding human rights during displacement crises, is under assault around the world. Refugees International supports a free press as a vital and powerful ally in our advocacy for refugees on World Press Freedom Day.
As sexual assault awareness month draws to a close, we sat down with Refugees International Senior Advocate for Women and Girls Devon Cone to discuss the issue of sexual assault and how it affects the displaced communities we work with.
A Refugees International team traveled to Curaçao in February 2019 to investigate the conditions for Venezuelans living there. It quickly became clear to us that the fate of Venezuelans in Curaçao might very well be the worst of those seeking refuge in the region.
Refugees International Senior U.S. Domestic Advocate Yael Schacher testified before the United States Commission on Civil Rights for a hearing on Immigration Detention Centers & Treatment of Immigrants in Detention.
Rohingya refugees continue to arrive in Bangladesh with stories of oppression at the hands of Myanmar’s security forces. Mark Yarnell and Daniel Sullivan report in the Diplomat on what they heard from newly displaced Rohingya during a recent Refugees International research mission to Bangladesh.
In a piece for the Fair Observer, Yael Schacher reveals how the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy is failing—and why it is the wrong approach. Her reporting is based on first-hand observation of immigration court hearings involving some of the initial victims of this new policy.