Refugee Rights Must Be Protected
Refugees are entitled to specific rights and protections under international law. The most vulnerable – including women who are heads of households in cultures where men traditionally serve as protectors, children who are vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation, and persecuted LGBT persons – have additional needs that must be recognized. It is vitally important that host country governments recognize and protect refugees and ensure that local communities and the police do the same.
Protection for Children
In recent years, the United Nations has established enhanced protections for vulnerable refugee children, directing governments and humanitarian organizations to provide stronger support for child protection and assistance programs, including formal and non-formal education programs, which can help reduce vulnerability.