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Recommitting to the US Refugee Protection System on the 35th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980

Donald Kerwin | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

The US refugee protection system has long been a centerpiece of the international refugee regime and US humanitarian programs. US protection policies and practices -- for better and worse -- have immense human consequences and influence on other states.

Jacob Kerr

LGBT Asylum Seekers Not Getting Enough Relief, Report Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Jacob Kerr | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While the United States awaits a major Supreme Court decision that could legalize gay marriage across the nation, there are more than 70...

A Right to Safe Haven

Widney Brown | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
Widney Brown

As World Refugee Day approaches, it is worth remembering that the right to seek asylum was established during the post-WWII realization that the Nazis were able to kill so many people because there were no safe havens for those fleeing Hitler's murderous plan. Seventy-five years later, the right to seek asylum has been eviscerated, and now, the reality has reached dire levels.

The Role of the EU Delegations in Saving Lives and Ensuring Security

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
Gaia Paradiso

Seeking international protection, people from Syria and Eritrea, Niger, Mali, Libya, Somalia among others, are escaping their countries and embarking in hopeful journeys across the deadly Mediterranean' sea routes.

Devastating Cluelessness

Nuri Kino | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Nuri Kino

Five years ago, while working for the Swedish Public Radio, I read close to hundred asylum cases. I had received the authority to read Christian Iraqi's documents. They had all been rejected on their asylum applications. Many of the decisions were incomprehensible.

This American Soldier Saved The Life Of A Baby In Iraq. He Just Attended Her High School Graduation.

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 06.05.2015 | Teen

A Kurdish-American teenager invited the soldier who saved her life to her high school graduation. Lt. Col. Greg Pepin first met Lava Barwari 19 ye...

The Real 'Gay Heroes'

Katie Sgarro | Posted 05.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Katie Sgarro

Tom* is a hopeful LGBTQ asylum seeker from Jamaica. In Jamaica, sexual activity between men is punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment and hard labor. Openly gay people are ostracized, beaten and even murdered. For Tom, coming out would most likely be met with ridicule and death threats.

AsylumConnect: Two Seniors' Quest to Create Lifesaving Online Informational Resources for LGBTQ Asylum Seekers

Katie Sgarro | Posted 05.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Katie Sgarro

It is still illegal to be gay in 77 countries. LGBTQ people in these countries are imprisoned and subjected to "corrective" action, including rape by government officials, public humiliation and the death penalty.

Lesbian Asylum Couple Marry at San Francisco City Hall

Melanie Nathan | Posted 06.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Melanie Nathan

History was made Friday as a lesbian couple, seeking asylum in the United States, celebrated their marriage at San Francisco City Hall.

Next Year in Jerusalem

Mark Hetfield | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Mark Hetfield

Maybe next year in Jerusalem, the government will start treating the African asylum seekers as human beings, as working taxpayers, as asylum seekers, as free people, and not as infiltrators. Let's pray for that at the seder table.

EU Asylum Policy: The Necessity For a Shared Responsibility

Athéna Tacet | Posted 05.17.2015 | World
Athéna Tacet

It's time for the EU Member States to agree on a common supranational policy that will overcome national interests for the purpose of reducing the human cost of migrations while respecting Europe's commitment to the rights and freedoms of asylum-seekers.

'Institutionalizing' Recovery in Mental Health Care

Mona Shattell | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

We applaud the authors of the JAMA commentary, the NYT's op-ed, and the subsequent NYT's letters to the editor for bringing the issue of inadequate comprehensive psychiatric mental health care to the forefront and proposing an alternative.

Roque Planas

Advocates Rally Around Transgender Migrant Woman Detained In All-Male Facility

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 02.02.2015 | Latino Voices

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has refused to release a transgender migrant woman from detention in an all-male facility, according to ICE and th...

'American Horror Story' Reveals How The Seasons Are Connected

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 12.19.2014 | Entertainment

Ryan Murphy shocked "American Horror Story" fans in October when he revealed that all the seasons of the anthology series are connected. On Wednesday ...

Elise Foley

U.S. Deportations Put Asylum Seekers At Risk, Human Rights Watch Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Border agents are failing to identify people who could have credible claims to asylum, allowing them to be deported to face possibly dan...

Jesuits Urge Humanitarian Protections for Asylum Seekers and Refugees Be Upheld

Christian Fuchs | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Christian Fuchs

The Society of Jesus in the United States and Jesuit Refugee Service/USA continue to urge the government not to roll back humanitarian protections for refugees and asylum seekers simply because more people need it.

Elise Foley

Honduran Mom Fleeing 'Horrific Acts Of Harm' Wins Asylum With Daughters

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

ARLINGTON, Va. -- An immigration judge granted asylum on Thursday to a Honduran woman and her children after the woman testified that she was beaten, ...

Welcoming Children to Our Land

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

The US has a legal and moral responsibility to protect children fleeing violence.

UN World Food Programme in Ecuador: Helping Colombian Refugees Transition Amid Poverty and Risks

Nick Sexton | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Nick Sexton

"There is a huge difference between having the food vouchers and not having them. For us it has been a great help because we arrived here in Ecuador empty-handed. We didn't know where we were going nor what we were going to do."

Border Problem, Beltway Crisis

Mark Hetfield | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Mark Hetfield

The children at the border are only a symptom of a crisis of extreme violence in Central America and a crisis inside the Beltway caused by a dysfunctional Congress that misses opportunity after opportunity to fix our broken immigration laws. This is a life and death issue.

A Dangerous Summer for Central American Kids

Mark Hetfield | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Mark Hetfield

This month, as kids across the United States wrapped up the school year and started their summer breaks, thousands of children from Central America were embarking on a different kind of transition.

Afghan Hero Of 'Lone Survivor' Now In Danger

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An Afghan man who saved the life of a U.S. Navy Seal and was featured in a blockbuster film that grossed millions of dollars says that h...

Losing Sleep Over Families in Immigration Detention

Michelle Brané | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Michelle Brané

There have been a lot of sleepless nights at the Women's Refugee Commission lately. Despite our best intentions of leaving work at work, our minds have been fixed on the Southern border, where a humanitarian crisis affecting primarily women and children is worsening by the day.

Rising Numbers of LGBTI Refugees Facing Fight for Survival

Neil Grungras | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Neil Grungras

The recent upsurge in persecution of LGBTI people across the globe has sent the number of refugee applications rising sharply. As long as the abuses continue, the numbers will surely escalate.

What About LGBT Refugees In The United States?

Erwin de Leon | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Erwin de Leon

LGBT refugees might enjoy more freedoms here, but they often live among fellow immigrants, who tend to be more socially and religiously conservative than native-born Americans.