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.
Treat People Seeking U.S. Refuge with Dignity, Not as Political Pawns
Upholding President Biden’s Asylum Commitments
How the Trump Administration’s Refugee Policies Harm Our Iraqi Wartime Allies
The Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program, 2009-2020
Represent Asylum Seekers
Taking on Policies that Harm Human Rights Defenders at the Border