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End Inhumane Detention of Asylum Seekers Now, Says Refugees International

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2019 — Like many around the world and in the United States, Refugees International is shocked and gravely concerned by numerous recent revelations, frequently from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) itself, of inhumane detention conditions for asylum seekers, including children. A recent report by the DHS’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) documented […]

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Forced into Illegality: Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants in Trinidad and Tobago

Jan. 28, 2019 – The Americas are facing their largest displacement crisis in modern history. Three million Venezuelans − about 10 percent of the population − have fled their homes to escape political repression, extreme food and medicine shortages, a lack of social services, and general economic collapse. International attention has largely focused on how […]

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Refugees International Calls on Trump to End Human Rights Abuses against Vulnerable Asylum Seekers at U.S. Southern Border

WASHINGTON,  August 8, 2018—Upon return from a field mission to the border between the United States and Mexico, Refugees International (RI) President Eric Schwartz decried human rights abuses against highly vulnerable asylum seekers from the Northern Triangle of Central America. Schwartz, a former White House official and former assistant secretary of state for population, refugees, […]

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Trump Executive Order Fails to End Abuses at U.S. Border, Says Refugees International

June 21, 2018 – U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order (EO) on June 20, entitled “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation.” In that executive order, the president announced an intention to alter the policy of separating adult asylum seekers from their children by incarcerating adults and children together while the adults […]

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Report: Meeting the Urgent Needs of Hurricane Maria Survivors in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, DC, Dec. 18, 2017  – Almost three months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the citizens of the U.S. territory continue to face enormous challenges in accessing electricity, potable water, and federal assistance in repairing or rebuilding their homes. In response to this crisis, Refugees International (RI), a wholly independent, non-partisan advocacy group, conducted its […]

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World Leaders Must Act on Rohingya Crisis

Washington, D.C. September 5, 2017 – Refugees International is outraged by the deplorable actions of the Myanmar military over the past several days. Well over 100,000 Rohingya from Rakhine State have been driven from their homes, and hundreds have reportedly been killed. Untold numbers are experiencing enormous deprivation and suffering as international humanitarian access is […]

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Refugees International: Many around the world will die as a result of Trump’s budget cuts

WASHINGTON, DC, May 22, 2017 – In a letter to President Donald Trump released today, Refugees International (RI) called on the President to delay his planned May 23 budget presentation, or at least elements related to U.S. humanitarian assistance, in view of detailed and credible reports received by Refugees International of massive planned cuts in […]