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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 10.02.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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.

The U.S. Should Do More to Help Venezuelan Immigrants

Sandra A. Grossman, Esq. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Miami
Sandra A. Grossman, Esq.

Despite the many ties between the U.S. and Venezuela, the political crisis and influx of Venezuelans has gotten surprisingly little attention in Washington.

Life on Hold: Asylum Delayed

Carmen Iguina | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Carmen Iguina

Detaining individuals for months while they wait for a "reasonable fear" determination is not only in violation of the immigration laws, but is also costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

Migrant Children Are Children First

Maria Teresa Rojas | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Maria Teresa Rojas

Children are by definition vulnerable. That's particularly true for girls and boys journeying alone, under unsafe circumstances, often fleeing violence. Mexico and the US have an obligation to apply the international principle of the "best interests of the child" as the gold standard for all dealings with underage migrants.

Atheists in Afghanistan

Kelly James Clark | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

The right to freedom of belief protects (or should protect) the Muslim in Christian-majority nations, the Christian in Muslim-majority nations, and the unbeliever in both sorts of nations.

Obama Easing Immigration Rule For 'Limited' Supporters Of Terrorists

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has eased the rules for would-be asylum-seekers, refugees and others who hope to come to the United State...

'American Horror Story: Mommy Issues'

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 02.05.2014 | TV

Disney movies kill off mothers, Ryan Murphy turns mothers into monsters. When it comes to "American Horror Story," mothers aren't exactly the most ...

The Heartbreaking Story of Two Gay Men Who Were Forced to Flee Russia

Priyanka Gupta | Posted 03.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Priyanka Gupta

They changed their apartment, installed metal doors, but the attacks continued. The police, they say, never came on time, and no one was arrested.

India's Supreme Court Re-Criminalizes Gay Sex

Prerna Lal | Posted 02.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Prerna Lal

Overturning a High Court decision, the Indian Supreme Court upheld Indian Penal Code 377, an archaic and barbaric law that criminalizes "homosexual" acts, rendering almost 20 percent of the global LGBT population illegal.

The Wall Street Journal Misplays the 'Asylum Card'

Mark Hetfield | Posted 12.28.2013 | Impact
Mark Hetfield

While expedited removal remains yet another dysfunctional component of our broken immigration system, it is one of the few that can be fixed without waiting for legislation.

'American Horror Story' Invites Fans For Asylum Sleepover

AP | DERRIK J. LANG | Posted 12.08.2013 | TV

LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Kaplan isn't sure what's going to happen next. After being covered by a blindfold, the "American Horror...

Jason Cherkis

Pentagon Papers Lawyer: Snowden Is No Coward

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden has been slammed by some as a “coward” for refusing to turn himself in to U.S...

A Win For The Dream 9

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 10.06.2013 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department tentatively approved asylum requests for nine Mexican immigrants, including some who were living i...

American Whistleblowers in Prison and in Exile

Bea Edwards | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Bea Edwards

Now that the verdict is in for Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden has been awarded asylum in Russia. The Manning conviction on six counts of espionage sh...

Snowden-Inspired Lessons From an Icelandic Hot Spring

Janis Powers | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Janis Powers

Two weeks ago, I waded into the opalescent azure water of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Iceland. This outdoor hot spring, about the size of two fo...