Asylum

Refugees International Strongly Opposes Harmful Secure and Protect Act of 2019

Refugees International Strongly Opposes Harmful Secure and Protect Act of 2019

In response to the passage by the Senate Judiciary Committee of the so-called Secure and Protect Act of 2019, Refugees International's Senior U.S. Advocate Yael Schacher condemns it. She goes on to describe how it weakens protections for asylum seekers and flouts the United States’ national refugee and immigration legislation.

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. 

Deaths of Father, Daughter in Rio Grande the Result of Inhumane Border Policies

Deaths of Father, Daughter in Rio Grande the Result of Inhumane Border Policies

Refugees International President Eric Schwartz comments 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 inhumane and unconscionable policies that prevent people from seeking asylum in safety and dignity.

Refugees International President: Trump's Guatemala Plan 'An Astonishing Distortion of U.S. Asylum Law'

Refugees International President: Trump's Guatemala Plan 'An Astonishing Distortion of U.S. Asylum Law'

It is unconscionable and inhumane for the United States of America to force Guatemala to agree to being a ‘safe third country,’ and, thus, a haven for Central American asylum seekers when, in truth, it is nothing of the sort.

'Remain in Mexico' Policy Pushes Asylum Seekers into Grave Danger

'Remain in Mexico' Policy Pushes Asylum Seekers into Grave Danger

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.

Abused, Blamed, and Refused: Protection Denied to Women and Children Trafficked Over the U.S. Southern Border

Abused, Blamed, and Refused: Protection Denied to Women and Children Trafficked Over the U.S. Southern Border

The Trump administration asserts that its policies at the U.S. southern border are designed to protect women and children from traffickers. However, its actions tell a very different story. Yael Schacher paints a scathing picture of how the administration is rolling back protections for victims of trafficking that have been established over the last decade.

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.

Closing Off Asylum at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Closing Off Asylum at the U.S.-Mexico Border

The Trump administration is engaged in a sustained campaign against vulnerable women, men, and children seeking asylum in the United States. It is an effort waged through policies and actions designed to deter individuals from seeking protection, and to close off avenues for asylum that are well grounded in international and domestic law and established practice. In a new report, Refugees International provides recommendations for ending abuses against vulnerable people seeking protection from persecution at the U.S. southern border.

The Plight of Eritrean and Sudanese Asylum Seekers in Israel

The Plight of Eritrean and Sudanese Asylum Seekers in Israel

This Refugees International (RI) report examines the status of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers in Israel, as the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeks to either remove this population from Israel or place large numbers in indefinite detention. The report examines Israeli government policies that have denied protection to asylum seekers and alarming new proposals that would put this vulnerable population in greater peril.

The EU at 60: Will the EU Regain Its Lost Humanity Regarding Refugees?

The EU at 60: Will the EU Regain Its Lost Humanity Regarding Refugees?

As the EU marks its 60th anniversary, EU member states now face the largest displacement crisis since World War II.  Instead of responding with humanity and effectiveness, they have turned their backs on and closed their borders to people urgently seeking protection. Well over a million people have crossed the Mediterranean since the beginning of 2015, fleeing wars, violence, persecution, and human rights abuses in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan, and Eritrea.