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Immigration Detention

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November 23, 2015
In the United States, asylum seekers and other migrants are entitled to a broad range of protections under international and domestic law, yet these rights are routinely trampled upon. The gap...
November 02, 2015
Last week at least 27 women detained at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center (Hutto) in Taylor, Texas, began a hunger strike to protest the conditions at the facility and demand...
October 23, 2015
New York City—Human Rights First praised yesterday’s announcement by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services that it would not renew the license of the Berks County Residential Center, a...
October 20, 2015
Washington, D.C.—In a report released today, Human Rights First found that the Obama Administration’s continuing operation of family detention facilities negatively impacts the mental and...
October 19, 2015
Top News Antisemitism Tomorrow Senator Ben Cardin and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance will host a conversation on Combating Anti-...
September 24, 2015
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today urged the president and U.S. lawmakers to heed the calls of Pope Francis and take steps to meaningfully address the global refugee crisis. In his address...
September 18, 2015
New York City - Human Rights First today praised the 2015 Statutory Enforcement Report of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ comprehensive recommendations on the state of civil rights in...


Related Event

November 11, 2015
Hosted by O’Melveny & Myers LLP

On December 3rd, 2015, immigration legal experts will discuss current issues with immigration detention, hosted by O’Melveny & Myers LLP in downtown Los Angeles, CA. Eleanor Acer, senior director, Refugee Protection at Human Rights First, and David Lash, managing counsel for pro bono and public interest services at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, will lead the discussion.


Factsheet | November 13, 2015
Golden Dawn remains popular, even after revelations about its Nazi ideology, an active trial for members’ alleged roles in two murders and dozens of racist and other assaults, as well as attacks...
Report | November 04, 2015
Follow-up Recommendation Report will assess Immigration Detention and Guantanamo. Download PDF
Report | October 20, 2015
Introduction The U.S. government’s policy of detaining asylum-seeking families, often the subject of intense political and legal debate, is harmful to children and their parents. Furthermore, it...
Report | August 19, 2015
“We are not delinquents who should be imprisoned.” – Eleven-year-old girl on her detention at Berks County Residential Center Summary and Recommendations The Berks County Residential Center...

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