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Asylum Seekers

Life on Hold: Asylum Delayed

Carmen Iguina | Posted 04.19.2014 | 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 04.04.2014 | 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.

LGBT Exodus From Russia: Stories of Exile

Priyanka Gupta | Posted 03.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Priyanka Gupta

Anatoly escaped Chelyabinsk, a major Russian city near the Ural Mountains in July; a month after the controversial gay propaganda bill was passed by the state Duma and signed into a law by Putin.

U.N. Recognizes Plight of Slaves in Africa; U.S. Must Do More

Christina Wilkes | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Christina Wilkes

If this terrible scourge is finally to be eradicated, much remains to be done to promote the work of anti-slavery activists and protect and support survivors.

This Land Is Your Land

K. Sujata | Posted 08.19.2013 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Immigration reform is a women's issue. We need an immigration reform bill that keeps women and their children together, and brings women out from the shadows and gives them protection under the law.

Make U.S. Safer by Passing Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Mark Hetfield | Posted 06.26.2013 | DC
Mark Hetfield

What do the Boston bombings tell us about immigration? That we need immigrants, and we need immigration reform.

Denmark's Transgender Milestone

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.05.2013 | Gay Voices

A Guatemalan native has become the first transgender person to be granted asylum in Denmark. As the Copenhagen Post reported, Fernanda Milan was gr...

Urban Refugees: Hidden in Plain Sight

Christian Fuchs | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

From its founding 32 years ago this month, Jesuit Refugee Service has made it a priority to work with "forgotten" refugees -- those living in the shadows -- whose plight is overlooked by others.

Exporting Australia's Asylum Policies

Bill Frelick | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
Bill Frelick

The Refugee Convention, which both New Zealand and Australia have ratified, recognizes that refugees may need to enter a country illegally for protection and should not be punished on that account. But the New Zealand bill would treat asylum seekers differently depending on how they arrived.

90 Asylum Seekers Still Missing After Boat Capsizes

AP | ROD McGUIRK | Posted 06.22.2012 | World

CANBERRA, Australia -- Ships and aircraft found more bodies but no survivors Friday while searching for scores of men still missing after a boat carry...

Rescue Teams Search For 200 After Boat Capsizes

AP | ROD McGUIRK | Posted 08.21.2012 | World

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Ships and aircraft found more bodies but no survivors Friday while searching for scores of men still missing after a boat...

Reward for the Oppressor -- Injustice for the Oppressed?

Sandra A. Grossman, Esq. | Posted 05.10.2012 | DC
Sandra A. Grossman, Esq.

Resolving the situation of deserving asylum applicants will strengthen the powerful message that our government stands with victims of persecution and that we are a safe haven for those who cannot find justice in their own countries.

ICE Pledge on Immigration Detention Tested Today at Karnes Facility

Human Rights First | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Human Rights First

Karnes County, I hope, will provide a new model for more appropriate detention conditions -- a model that will mean little if it is not just a first step in transforming all facilities where ICE holds immigrants.

Dear DHS: My Husband Is Not a Terrorist -- Can He Come Home?

Human Rights First | Posted 04.04.2012 | Impact
Human Rights First

When Arben's visa was denied, a staffer at one office told me that my only options were to divorce Arben or move to Kosovo. I don't think I should have to do either of those things. I married Arben for better or for worse. I take that vow seriously, and I want to make my life with him.

Coptic Christian Asylum Seekers Celebrate Christmas In Bethlehem

Zachary A. Bennett | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion
Zachary A. Bennett

Even though being denied entrance after their long journey, the Coptic Christians from Eritrea and Ethiopia sang louder, kept smiling and celebrated near to one of the holiest place in their religion.

The ABCs of Asylum, Post-DSK

Human Rights First | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Human Rights First

As revelations and speculations concerning the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund...

For Immigrants, Is the United States a Safe Haven or Prison Ward?

Michelle Brané | Posted 08.24.2011 | Politics
Michelle Brané

The Keep Our Communities Safe Act authorizes prolonged detention for those who applied for relief such as a trafficking visa or asylum, which could include a victim of severe domestic violence or torture.

Immigration Court Reform Serves Everyone's Interests

Katy Welter | Posted 07.31.2011 | Chicago
Katy Welter

The immigration court system is an integral part of the American justice system. No matter your views on immigration policy, these courts need to be fair, efficient, and effective.

Rioters Set Fire To Several Buildings At Australian Detention Center

AP | By KRISTEN GELINEAU | Posted 06.20.2011 | World

SYDNEY -- Asylum seekers and other detainees at an Australian immigration center set fire to several buildings, climbed onto rooftops and hurled tiles...

Somalia to Libya to Malta: Nomadic Migration Part 1

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Phillip Martin

With Libya's inevitable collapse, Europe will likely see a tsunami of black refugees sweeping across the Mediterranean. And Malta and Italy will be t...

'Not Gay Enough' May Mean Deportation For Some Asylum Seekers | DAN BILEFSKY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Romulo Castro considered attending his asylum interview in Rosedale, Queens, dressed as Fidela Castro, a towering drag queen in six-inch stilettos, a ...

HORRIFYING: Australian Asylum Seekers Sew Their Own Lips Together

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A group of Iraqi, Kurdish and Iranian asylum seekers have sewn their own lips together at the Christmas Island detention camp in Australia, the BBC is...

The Unforgiving Line between Persecution, Protection, and Limbo

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

by Annie Sovcik Advocacy Counsel, Human Rights First Deadlines are everywhere - income taxes must be filed by April 15th to avoid a penalty from the ...

Qatar's Controversial Open-Door Policy has Helped in its Bid to Be Seen as an International Player

Shabina S. Khatri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shabina S. Khatri

Tiny, resource-rich and host to a US army base, Qatar has the necessary wealth and might -- and thus the security -- to welcome any guest whose home countries don't want them, whatever the reason.

African Asylum Seekers in Israel

Yermi Brenner | Posted 06.14.2011 | World
Yermi Brenner

In the past few years, Israel's border with Egypt has become an infiltration point for Africans who have escaped from war and persecution, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea.