In an unusual letter to the State Department’s top acting lawyer, Eric Schwartz, president of Refugees International, has urged officials of the Department’s office of the legal adviser to “cease their involvement in efforts to secure” a safe third country agreement with the government of Guatemala.
We, the undersigned organizations, members of the Working Group on Venezuelan Human Mobility, would like to express our concern over the recent decision adopted on June 6, 2019 by the Peruvian government, which requires Venezuelan citizens to present a humanitarian visa at the border to enter Peru. Said measure will enter into effect on midnight, June 15, 2019.
Refugees International joins 30 other international, implementing, and advocacy nonprofit organizations in respectfully request that in FY 2020 Congress prioritizes funding for the State, Foreign Operations bill and provide a 302(b) allocation of at least $57.4 billion. Within this increase, we ask that Congress appropriates meaningful increases for good governance programs and poverty-focused development and humanitarian programs.
Refugees International and 76 other organizations call on Congress in an advocacy letter to oppose any legislation that would expand the scale or length of immigrant family detention, overturn the child protection policies and laws currently governing the treatment of migrant children in custody, or undermine asylum protections.
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.
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.”
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).
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.
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.
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.