Yael Schacher

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.

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.

Keeping Asylum Seekers Inhumanely Detained Is a Policy Choice, Not a Necessity

Keeping Asylum Seekers Inhumanely Detained Is a Policy Choice, Not a Necessity

The U.S. government should follow its own laws and treat people seeking refuge humanely. Instead of paying for more ICE beds and for additional unlicensed influx shelters to detain children, the government should ensure the release of unaccompanied children to sponsors and contract with community-based non-profits to run case management support programs. And instead of using detention as a punishment and a deterrent, the government should use both diplomacy and aid to address root causes of migration from Central America.

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.

'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.

RI Concerned Over U.S. CBP's Treatment of Asylum Seekers at the U.S.-Mexico Border

RI Concerned Over U.S. CBP's Treatment of Asylum Seekers at the U.S.-Mexico Border

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.