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In Photos: Waiting for Peace, a Third of South Sudan Remains Displaced

In Photos: Waiting for Peace, a Third of South Sudan Remains Displaced

The conflict in South Sudan has displaced more than 4 million people, a third of the country’s pre-war population, since it started in December 2013. Despite the signing of a peace agreement in September 2018, its lack of implementation has left those displaced wary of returning.  

Alternatives to Detention at the U.S. Border Are Humane and Effective

Alternatives to Detention at the U.S. Border Are Humane and Effective

The Trump administration has pushed for cruel and ineffective policies aimed at deterring migrants from pursuing their right to seek asylum. Central to this strategy has been the prolonged detention of asylum seekers. But policy alternatives exist—and they’re more humane and effective.

The U.S. Shouldn't Make Cameroonians on the Border Wait in Vain

The U.S. Shouldn't Make Cameroonians on the Border Wait in Vain

Americans are well acquainted with the influx of Central American asylum seekers along the southern United States border. But the Central Americans are not alone. Lost in the news cycle are people of many nationalities who have crossed continents to seek refuge in the United States. One such group from Cameroon has been forced to flee in part by contradictions in U.S. policy, only to have America slam the door in their face.

Remain in Mexico Policy is Undermining Asylum and Endangering Asylum Seekers

Remain in Mexico Policy is Undermining Asylum and Endangering Asylum Seekers

In written testimony submitted to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Senior U.S. Advocate Yael Schacher details how the Remain in Mexico (MPP) is undermining the right to seek asylum in the United States, the egregious treatment of asylum seekers by CBP, and how Mexico is struggling to handle the return of asylum seekers.

How advocates can defeat Trump’s latest assault on asylum seekers

How advocates can defeat Trump’s latest assault on asylum seekers

The right to seek asylum has long been enshrined in domestic and international law. And yet a new rule proposed by the Trump administration would make it all but impossible for most people to apply for asylum at the southern border. Despite these attacks on the U.S. asylum system, Carly Goodman, S. Deborah Kang, and Yael Schacher describe how history has shown that advocacy can prevail and protect the rights of asylum seekers.

The White House Wants To Send Asylum Seekers To Guatemala. This is Probably Illegal

The White House Wants To Send Asylum Seekers To Guatemala. This is Probably Illegal

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. 

Refugees International President Eric Schwartz: Deaths of Father, Daughter in Rio Grande Result of Inhumane Border Policies

Refugees International President Eric Schwartz: Deaths of Father, Daughter in Rio Grande Result of Inhumane Border Policies

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.