Senior National Security and Humanitarian Figures Urge Continued Life-Saving Assistance to Somalia

Senior National Security and Humanitarian Figures Urge Continued Life-Saving Assistance to Somalia

In an open letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and USAID Administrator Mark Green, 16 senior U.S. national security and humanitarian figures urged U.S. officials to reject a Kenyan proposal at the UN, saying it would cripple humanitarian aid.

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 Joins Civil Society Organizations in Urging Lawmakers to Fund the FY 2020 State and Foreign Operations Bill

Refugees International Joins Civil Society Organizations in Urging Lawmakers to Fund the FY 2020 State and Foreign Operations Bill

Refugees International joined 37 other organization in sending a letter to Senate leadership requesting that they provide a 302(b) allocation for the FY 2020 State and Foreign Operations bill that builds upon, and reinforces, America’s leadership around the world.

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.

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.

UN Dispatch Podcast: The Trump Administration’s Assault on Refugees and Asylum Seekers Enters a New Phase

Since taking office the Trump administration has taken unprecedented steps to sharply reduce both the number of refugees who are resettled in the United States and also the number of people who can claim asylum.

This has included significantly lowering what is known as the “ceiling” on refugee admissions to the smallest number ever and placing onerous restrictions on exactly who can be admitted as a refugee. Meanwhile, the administration is implementing several policies of dubious legality that would effectively make it impossible for people entering the southern US border to claim asylum.

The Trump administration’s restrictive policies toward refugees and asylum seekers are reaching a new phase.

In this episode one of the world’s leading experts on refugee and asylum policies is on the line to both discuss the mechanics of what the Trump administration is doing.

Eric Schwartz is the president of Refugees International and also served as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration in the Obama administration. He has deep experience working on humanitarian and refugee issues, which he summons in our conversation to help put this administration’s assault on refugees and asylum seekers in context.

We also discuss the very real global implications of the fact that the United States can not be meaningfully relied on to advocate for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers around the world.

If you have 20 minutes and want to learn the implications of the Trump administration’s increasingly hostile approach to refugees and asylum, have a listen.

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.

Sanctions on Top Myanmar Military Officials an Important – If Belated – First Step Toward Accountability

Sanctions on Top Myanmar Military Officials an Important – If Belated – First Step Toward Accountability

Sanctioning the highest levels of Myanmar’s military is an incredibly important if belated step. Although the sanctions are limited to travel restrictions, the move signifies that Washington is finally getting serious about accountability. It also acknowledges what the State Department itself has documented – that ethnic cleansing has taken place in Myanmar with virtual impunity.

Refugees International Joins 45 Other Groups Calling on the United States to Renew TPS for Syrians

Refugees International Joins 45 Other Groups Calling on the United States to Renew TPS for Syrians

Refugees International joined 45 other human rights, immigration, humanitarian, and advocacy organizations in sending a letter to Secretary of State Michal Pompeo and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan to renew and redesignate Temporary Protected Status for Syrians in the United States.