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Xenophobia / Anti-Immigrant Extremism


Rising xenophobia against minorities, refugees, and Muslims is a pressing human rights challenge. In both Europe and the United States, xenophobic rhetoric and hate crimes are on the rise. In…


Taking on Policies that Harm Human Rights Defenders at the Border

By Cora Wright, Legal Fellow, Refugee Protection and Refugee Representation A few weeks ago, a Mexican cartel in Nuevo Laredo kidnapped Baptist Pastor Lorenzo Ortiz, who operates a network of…



Extremism and Human Rights


Letter on “United We Stand” event

Dear Ambassador Rice, We applaud the administration’s efforts to address hate through the upcoming summit, United We Stand: Countering Hate-Fueled Violence Together. We believe that hate and hate-fueled violence, primarily…


Ensuring Safety and Support for Human Rights Defenders of Asylum Seekers, Refugees, and Other Migrants Targeted by Illegal Pushback Policies, Extremist Attacks, and Harassment by Government Officials

Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders for a Report on Human…


NGO Shadow Report on anti-Black US Immigration Practices Submitted to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

This Shadow Report is submitted for the combined tenth, eleventh, and twelfth periodic review of the United States (“US”) by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (“Committee”). The…


Letter to Biden/Harris on Expulsions of Venezuelan Asylum Seekers to Colombia

Dear President Biden and Vice President Harris: We, the undersigned organizations committed to the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, write to express our serious concerns over reports that the…


Testimony of Ira N. Forman for the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment hearing on Resisting Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia in Europe

Testimony of Ira N. Forman Senior Advisor for Combating Antisemitism Human Rights First HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE ON EUROPE, EURASIA, ENERGY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT Resisting Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia in Europe…


Human Rights First Welcomes the End of the Xenophobic Muslim, African Bans

WASHINGTON –– Today, President Joe Biden, in one of his first acts as president reversed the Trump administration’s ban on immigrants and refugees from Muslim-majority and select African countries. Human…


Human Rights First Urges Meaningful Action on Systemic Racism in the United States from the UN Human Rights Council

WASHINGTON — Human Rights First welcomed today’s UN Human Rights Council “urgent debate” on “race-based human rights violations, systemic racism, police violence against persons of African descent, and violence against…


Human Rights First Applauds U.S. Army’s Move to Rename Bases Named After Confederate Leaders

WASHINGTON – In response to the Army announcing its openness to renaming bases named after Confederate military leaders, Human Rights First’s Mike Breen issued this statement: “Who we choose to…


The Lessons of 9/11

On the sixteenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, we are reminded of the ripple-effects of that fateful day. As a nation we continue to honor the victims of 9/11 and…