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  • President’s FY15 Budget Includes Increased Support for Refugees

    Mar 04, 2014

    President Obama’s budget for fiscal year 2015 includes $1.5 billion to aid Syrian refugees and opposition forces within Syria. The budget also maintains crucial for the Office of Refugee Resettlement and increases funding for immigrant integration efforts and immigration courts.
  • State Dept Publishes 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights

    Feb 28, 2014

    Reporting on conditions in nearly 200 countries and territories, the reports draw attention to the growing challenges facing individuals and organizations as governments around the world fall short of their obligation to uphold universal human rights.
  • Broad terrorism policies unfairly target victims

    Feb 13, 2014

    Our current policies toward people who have fled persecution and seek protection in the United States are so all-encompassing that they punish the very people we have traditionally prided ourselves on helping.
  • Statement to U.S. House - Hearing on Asylum Fraud

    Feb 11, 2014

    Terrorism as defined by law includes acts intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion. Common definitions of terrorism do not include paying a ransom to obtain the release of a kidnapped child. Common definitions of terrorism do not include selling food at a restaurant, hosting family members for a night, or treating the wounded.
  • Administration Announces Exemptions to Broad Terrorism Policies

    Feb 07, 2014

    These exemptions are a step towards fairness after legislation enacted by Congress in 2001 significantly broadened the definition of “terrorist activity” to encompass some activities that had no real-life connection to terrorism.
  • President Obama Calls for Action on Immigration Reform, Help for Syrians, in his State of the Union Address

    Jan 29, 2014

    Last night, President Obama addressed both immigration reform and the crisis in Syria during his State of the Union Address. On immigration reform, he gave a compelling economic argument, declaring that “if we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement—and fix our broken immigration system,” and noting that economists claim there will be a $1 trillion deficit decrease if Congress enacts immigration reform.

  • Paving a Path of Welcome for Refugees: The Linking Communities Project

    Jan 15, 2014

    Bob Marmor, President and CEO of Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts, says the political backlash against refugee resettlement that has emerged in communities across the U.S. recently erupted in Springfield. The city’s mayor had pushed back against the resettlement of refugees there, saying that they place a burden on municipal resources and calling on the U.S. State Department to stop the flow of refugees.
  • Eliminating Barriers to Protection for Syrian Refugees Seeking Sanctuary in the U.S.

    Jan 15, 2014

    As the conflict worsens, refugees continue to flee the chaos and violence and seek sanctuary in neighboring Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Turkey. What is to become of them in the long run?
  • Update about the Lautenberg Amendment and Refugee Funding

    Jan 14, 2014

    Last night, appropriators introduced a $1.1 trillion government spending bill (H.R. 3547) which is expected to move through the House and Senate later this week. The bill includes a one-year extension of the Lautenberg Amendment, which previously expired on September 30th.
  • Raising the Red Flag on LGBTI Asylum Obstacles in the U.S.

    Jan 13, 2014

    With 76 countries having severe criminal penalties for being gay, the most vulnerable group in the world today is refugees who are sexual minorities. They are the marginalized among the marginalized, the least protected among the least protected. They live under a constant threat, forced to hide their identities and live in fear.