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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.

Searching for Safety: Confronting Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Venezuelan Women and Girls

Searching for Safety: Confronting Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Venezuelan Women and Girls

As more than 4 million Venezuelans flee their country, the risk of trafficking and sexual exploitation of Venezuelan women and girls is becoming more acute and demands urgent attention. Moreover, the number of reported female Venezuelan victims of trafficking is on the rise. In this report, Devon Cone and Melanie Teff examine the crisis of trafficking of Venezuelan women in the contexts of Colombia, Ecuador, Trinidad and Tobago, and Curaçao and recommend a path forward for confronting trafficking and enhancing regional cooperation on this critical issue.

Refugees International Appalled by U.S.-Guatemala “Safe Third Country” Asylum Pact

Refugees International Appalled by U.S.-Guatemala “Safe Third Country” Asylum Pact

Today's announcement that the Trump Administration has reached a “safe third country” agreement with Guatemala is very alarming. As Refugees International has previously stated, Guatemala is in no way safe for refugees and asylum seekers, and all the strong-arming in the world won’t make it so.

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 Urges Top State Department Lawyer to Pull Out of Guatemala ‘Safe Third Country’ Talks

Refugees International Urges Top State Department Lawyer to Pull Out of Guatemala ‘Safe Third Country’ Talks

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.

Univision: Victims of Human Trafficking are Being Denied Visas at a Higher Rate

A new report found that visas for victims of human trafficking are currently being denied at higher rates than in previous years. The report released by Refugees International found that the denial rate between February 2017 and April 2019 was almost 50 percent. Yael Schacher, one of the author’s and senior U.S. advocate for the group spoke to UNews.

Univision: Trump’s Agreement with Mexico to Avoid Tariffs Might Create New Challenges

President Trump claims one of the main points of the agreement reached with Mexico to avoid tariffs on imported goods is an expansion of a program to allow asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while their legal cases proceed in the United States. Critics say that could be a problem because it forces migrants to wait indefinitely in unsafe conditions. Dr. Yael Schacher is one of those critics, and she spoke to UNews.