Jessica Thea

Venezuelan Refugees in Curaçao are Facing Abuse, Detention, and Deportation

Venezuelan Refugees in Curaçao are Facing Abuse, Detention, and Deportation

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.

Hidden and Afraid—Venezuelans Without Status or Protection on the Dutch Caribbean Island of Curaçao

Hidden and Afraid—Venezuelans Without Status or Protection on the Dutch Caribbean Island of Curaçao

As the crisis in Venezuela has intensified, 3.4 million Venezuelans have fled their homes—many to other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Only 40 miles from the coast of Venezuela, an estimated 10,000 to 13,000 Venezuelans have fled to Curaçao in search of safe harbor. But once on the island, many of them live hidden and afraid with no real opportunities to obtain international protection or other forms of legal stay.

“You Cannot Exist in This Place:” Lack of Registration Denies Afghan Refugees Protection in Turkey

“You Cannot Exist in This Place:” Lack of Registration Denies Afghan Refugees Protection in Turkey

Turkey currently hosts the largest population of refugees in the world, including a growing number of Afghan refugees. Following a recent change in asylum procedures for Afghans and other non-Syrians in Turkey, Afghans have been facing increasing difficulties in registering with the authorities. Izza Leghtas and Jessica Thea recommend ways in which Turkish officials can make policy adjustments that will better ensure the rights of refugees.

Lessons for Today as Refugees International Marks an Important Anniversary

Lessons for Today as Refugees International Marks an Important Anniversary

On July 19, 1979, thirty-nine years ago, Refugees International undertook its first large-scale public advocacy effort on behalf of refugees. On that date, then-executive director Diane Lawson, along with one of RI’s founders Michael Morrissey, published a full-page ad in the Washington Post. Addressed to U.S. senators and representatives, the advocacy letter called for increased support for Indochinese refugees and set the course for our organization’s decades-long commitment to advocating for lifesaving action.

Welcoming and Offering Support to Refugees in the Washington, D.C. Area

Welcoming and Offering Support to Refugees in the Washington, D.C. Area

In this blog, part of the "Welcoming Communities" series, Jessica Thea writes about the organization Northern Virginia Friends of Refugees, which is comprised of 640 members representing faith communities, NGOs, elected government officials, refugee communities, businesses, and schools in the D.C. area.  The community-based group is dedicated to mobilizing communities in support of refugees who have resettled in the greater Washington, D.C. region.

Embracing Refugees by Cultivating New Connections

Embracing Refugees by Cultivating New Connections

In an age of travel bans and closing borders, communities across the United States continue to welcome recently arrived refugees into their neighborhoods. As a student at Washington University in St. Louis, a city troubled by economic disparity and home to an often isolated resettled refugee population, it was hard not to notice how insulated my campus was from its surrounding neighborhoods. I wanted to change that.