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Womens Refugee Commission

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: The Cost of Doing Nothing Is Too High for Women and Children

Michelle Brané | Posted 11.30.2013 | Latino Voices
Michelle Brané

Immigrant women and children have waited too long for comprehensive immigration reform that brings them out of the shadows, allows them to become full contributors to their communities and enables them to live without fear.

Women Rally in Washington for Immigration Reform, Building on Foundation Laid By Women's Refugee Commission

Michelle Brané | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Michelle Brané

At the Women's Refugee Commission, we know that the face of immigration in the United States is overwhelmingly that of women and children. It was a joy and an honor to witness that face come out of the shadows in such a powerful, moving and courageous way.

No Country, No Rights: Gender Discrimination and Statelessness

Sarah Costa | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
Sarah Costa

An estimated 12 million people worldwide are stateless, with no country to call home. This occurs when nationality legislation prevents women from acquiring, changing, retaining or passing on their nationality to their children and/or their spouses on an equal basis with men.

Untapped Potential: Refugee Youth in the City

Samuel Witten | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
Samuel Witten

While urban settings offer increased economic opportunities for many displaced people, they can also present numerous obstacles to success and safety. In this respect, most refugees face all the challenges of the very poor, but are also in a new and unfamiliar environment.

Unprecedented Border Enforcement Proves Costly for Women, Children and Families

Michelle Brané | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Michelle Brané

What does unprecedented enforcement spending actually mean for a vulnerable migrant seeking protection in the United States?

Strong Girls, Powerful Women: It's Time To Give Refugee Girls a Chance

Sarah Costa | Posted 08.20.2012 | Impact
Sarah Costa

On this World Refugee Day, I have in front of me the faces of the young refugee girls the Women's Refugee Commission met on a recent visit to Ethiopia...

Skills To Survive: Providing Refugee Women The Right To Work

Samuel Witten | Posted 02.09.2012 | Impact
Samuel Witten

Refugees are victims of circumstances they did not create and cannot control. And women, often unaccompanied by men, caring for young children, and lacking in job skills and opportunities, generally have the most difficult time.

Urban Refugees: Ingenuity is Essential to Making Ends Meet in Nairobi

Jina Krause-Vilmar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jina Krause-Vilmar

In Nairobi and cities worldwide, hardworking women deserve the chance to make better lives for themselves.

Voices from Dadaab: the Daily Struggle to Cook a Meal

Erin Patrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Erin Patrick

This summer I traveled to the Dadaab region in Kenya, where three refugee camps -- among the largest in the world -- host nearly 300,000 refugees.

Immigration Detention Reforms Are More Than Just Window Dressing

Michelle Brané | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Brané

Critics have reduced improvements to facility conditions to potted plants and bingo night. But we are obligated to reform an nefficient system in which detainees have been dying due to negligent medical treatment.

A Closer Look Inside Arizona Detention Centers: Calling for More Access and Oversight

Katharina Obser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Katharina Obser

Across the country, there are detained mothers fearful for the safety of their children. We take the stories of these immigrants back to Washington to shape new policies that will better protect them.

Fueling Humanitarian Aid

Carolyn Makinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carolyn Makinson

It is no longer acceptable for the humanitarian system to distribute dried beans and expect women to risk being attacked and even raped as they collect the firewood they need to cook.