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Humanitarian Crisis

The Lamp Beside the Golden Door: Protecting Refugee Children at our Borders

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 07.27.2014 | Latino Voices
Jose Antonio Tijerino

This is 2014, when hundreds of angry protesters in Murietta, California, chant "USA, USA, USA" while blocking a busload of hungry, tired, lonely children from a long journey in search of a concrete floor to serve as a bed.

Reunion Between Volunteers And South African Orphans Causes Biggest Smiles We've Ever Seen

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact

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Why the Central American Children Migrants Need Full Adjudication of Their Protection Claims

Donald Kerwin | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

As Congress and the Administration consider proposals to eviscerate the heretofore obscure (now demonized) Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA), it makes sense to review the case for change and to query whether the proposed cure might not do more harm than good.

Roque Planas

Here's How The U.S. Sparked A Refugee Crisis On The Border, In 8 Simple Steps | Roque Planas | Posted 07.18.2014 | Latino Voices

The 57,000 children from Central America who have streamed across the U.S.-Mexico border this year were driven in large part by the United States itse...

Dear Mr. President, Wake Up!

Edward Summers | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Edward Summers

Wake up, Mr. President! I can no longer stand on the sidelines. I am very concerned about the advice you are receiving!

To Understand Child Migration, Look Beyond the Border

Andrew Wainer | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Andrew Wainer

Although the escalating numbers of child migrants have created a new humanitarian challenge on the southern border, the causes of this surge are familiar. They appear to be an intensified version of the traditional drivers and dynamics of migration from Central America.

Elise Foley

Obama Requests $3.7 Billion To Deal With Border Crisis | Elise Foley | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is seeking nearly double the expected figure to help deal with a crisis of unaccompanied minors at the border, ...

A Dangerous Summer for Central American Kids

Mark Hetfield | Posted 06.27.2014 | 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.

Roque Planas

These Are The Real Reasons Behind Our Humanitarian Crisis At The Border | Roque Planas | Posted 06.22.2014 | Latino Voices

When José Luis Zelaya had reconstructive surgery on his nose last year to fix his breathing, he knew it was because he'd been punched in the face rep...

The Real Nature of America's Child Migrant Crisis

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 06.06.2014 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

If the Obama administration wants to assuage this migrant crisis, it should invest in strengthening and providing these children, and American children, with educational and cultural literacy programs. The U.S. cannot eliminate the violence, crime, and instability that exist in these countries.

Survivors Face 'Long Road' To Recovery 6 Months After Typhoon Haiyan Slammed Philippines

AP | TERESA CEROJANO | Posted 05.08.2014 | Impact

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Six months after the strongest typhoon to hit land killed his mother and tore down much of their house in the eastern Phi...

Standing with the People of the Central African Republic for a Stronger Future

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 04.02.2014 | World
Nancy Lindborg

With a total population of about 750,000, almost 400,000 people in Bagui are displaced and 100,000 people are now huddled in an encampment by the airport, seeking refuge from a vicious cycle of attacks and lawlessness.

5 Ways Outer Space Taught Us About Earth in 2013

Lauren Lyons | Posted 02.28.2014 | Science
Lauren Lyons

Some of the stories that most need telling are not the big-ticket tales of human spaceflight and new exoplanet discoveries. For most people, it's the less flashy things that can mean the most in the lives of people right down here on Earth.

Wired Humanitarianism

Robert Muggah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Robert Muggah

The humanitarian community finds itself looking inward as it confronts twenty-first century emergencies. Some of the old guard worry that the explosive growth of relief and development organizations is diminishing their efficiency and effectiveness and in some cases politicizing aid.

Understanding Humanitarian Disasters Through Citizen Communication

Jakob Rogstadius | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Jakob Rogstadius

Being able to tap into local populations for real-time country-wide monitoring can be particularly attractive, as trusted international monitors are often few and far apart, but can quickly be relocated to confirm emerging stories.

The Power of Women

Roberta Gately | Posted 09.23.2013 | Women
Roberta Gately

Whoever the woman was who influenced you the most, remember her, carry her in your heart and pass on the light she shared with you to another.

The Flaw In Many Humanitarian Arguments For War | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact

Prior to the Iraq War, the war in Libya, and any intervention we may or may not undertake in Syria, some hawks insistently argue(d) that there is a hu...

2013: The Beginning Of The End Of Hunger

Tom Arnold | Posted 03.25.2013 | Impact
Tom Arnold

The IF campaign focuses on four "ifs" that could free millions from the cycle of hunger and food insecurity... if we can make them a reality.

Sahel Calling: A Film and Project

Ariel Bleth | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
Ariel Bleth

Despite the militant occupation in the north which bans the creation and enjoyment of music (even Tuareg music is banned in Tuareg land), and despite the widespread shortage of food and water, musicians will continue to sing.

A Public Ready to Act Against Genocide, in Syria and Beyond

Mark Penn | Posted 09.23.2012 | World
Mark Penn

Conventional wisdom has it that our country is turning inward. But with dramatic global events that often unfold on the Internet, the public seems to have a heightened awareness of the risk of genocide and other kinds of mass atrocities -- and want our leaders to act.

Chronic Crisis in the Sahel Calls for a New Approach

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Nancy Lindborg

We can't prevent what appears to be increasing cycles of drought, but we can and are working to create better solutions and build greater resilience among the most vulnerable.

Genocide and Starvation in Sudan Is Getting Worse... and There Is Something We Can Do

Greta Van Susteren | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Greta Van Susteren

Our politicians are consumed with the crisis in Syria and the suffering there, but I would like to draw their attention to the crisis in Sudan, too. I know we can't police the world, but there is a simply solution worth exploring.

Open Humanitarian Initiative: Improving Disaster Response

William Brindley | Posted 06.25.2012 | Impact
William Brindley

Why is it so important that data be widely accessible during a disaster? Imagine that you're in a coastal region reeling from the aftermath of a tsunami. You may be trapped under rubble or in desperate need of medical attention, food and water.

George Clooney, Congressmen To Protest At Sudan Embassy

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 05.16.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — George Clooney and his father were arrested Friday during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy, and the actor said he has asked P...

The Case for Reform of the Humanitarian System -- Report by Oxfam

Louis Belanger | Posted 04.07.2012 | World
Louis Belanger

The international humanitarian response system will fail to cope with the expected rise in the number of people exposed to crises unless there are more resources closer to where disasters happen and there is more investment in preventing and reducing the risk of disasters.