Refugee Protection

On-Going

Crisis

Past Work

What's Going On

People fleeing persecution and torture who are seeking refugee protection enjoy the fundamental right to apply for asylum under international law. That right, however, has been curtailed in many countries and its mere existence is increasingly under threat.

Where It's Happening

Around the world

What We're Doing

For over 40 years, Human Rights First has provided pro bono legal representation to refugees seeking asylum in the United States and advocated for the protection of the human rights of refugees. Our work challenges illegal U.S. policies that push away asylum seekers at the border, jail them in inhumane detention centers, and unfairly deny asylum to people fleeing persecution who qualify for protection under U.S. laws and treaty obligations.

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Refugee Protection

Systemic Injustice

Treat People Seeking U.S. Refuge with Dignity, Not as Political Pawns

Recommendations to Congress, the Biden Administration, State and Local Governments In recent weeks, some state governors have used the transportation of migrants and asylum seekers to interior communities in an…

Fact Sheets

Systemic Injustice

Upholding President Biden’s Asylum Commitments

18-Month Progress Checklist Since February 2021 Executive Order It has been more than one-and-a-half years since President Biden issued his February 2, 2021 Executive Order, directing steps to manage migration…

Fact Sheets

Systemic Injustice

Fatally Flawed: “Remain in Mexico” Policy Should Never Be Revived

Reports

Systemic Injustice

How the Trump Administration’s Refugee Policies Harm Our Iraqi Wartime Allies

A factsheet on How the Trump Administration’s Refugee Policies Harm Our Iraqi Wartime Allies Read More

Fact Sheets

Systemic Injustice

The Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program, 2009-2020

A factsheet on the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program from 2009-2020 Read More

Fact Sheets

Systemic Injustice

Represent Asylum Seekers

The right to seek asylum is a pillar of our nation’s immigration system and we work every day to keep it so. Asylum seekers are fleeing persecution or well-founded fears…

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Lviv Offers Fast Track to Safety

Lviv's magnificent old railway station in Ukraine is one of those Art Nouveau classics of eastern Europe. It survived a couple of world wars, Nazi and Soviet occupations, and the…

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Extremism

Taking on Policies that Harm Human Rights Defenders at the Border

A few weeks ago, a Mexican cartel in Nuevo Laredo kidnapped Baptist Pastor Lorenzo Ortiz, who operates a network of shelters for migrants, including asylum seekers turned back to Mexico…

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Systemic Injustice

From our FOIA of HRIFA Reports: Over 140,000 Asylum Seekers Detained Between 2015 and 2017

The Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA) of 1998 requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to produce and provide to Congress annual reports on the detention of asylum seekers.…

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