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Summary As the harmful effects of immigration detention become more widely known and the appropriateness of detaining migrants is increasingly questioned, governments are looking at alternatives to detention as more humane and rights-respecting…
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  Summary In 2017, a US Border Patrol agent kneed a woman in the lower pelvis, leaving bruises and pain days later, according to her statement to a government official screening her asylum claim. In a separate incident that year, a Border…
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Summary When Cecilia P., a 36-year-old woman from Venezuela, arrived in the Mexican town of Nogales in November 2019 with her 13-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, she went to the border crossing to the United States and tried to apply for asylum.…
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Summary Camila Díaz Córdova, a 29-year-old transgender woman, tried for years to escape the violence that had characterized her life in El Salvador. She made her way to the United States in 2017 to seek asylum, but after four months in immigration…
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  Summary An agreement between the United States and Guatemala, the US-Guatemala Asylum Cooperative Agreement (ACA), enables the United States to rapidly expel non-Guatemalan asylum seekers to Guatemala without allowing them to lodge asylum…
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Summary The US government has deported people to face abuse and even death in El Salvador. The US is not solely responsible—Salvadoran gangs who prey on deportees and Salvadoran authorities who harm deportees or who do little or nothing…
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  Summary The Trump administration has pursued a series of policy initiatives aimed at making it harder for people fleeing their homes to seek asylum in the United States, separating families, limiting the number of people…
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Summary Historically, when children with atypical sex characteristics were born in the United States, the people around them—parents and doctors—made their best guess and assigned the child a sex. Parents then reared them per social gender norms.…
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Summary Since 2011, violence in Syria has forcibly displaced at least 1.6 million school-age children to other countries in the region. Before the conflict, more than 90 percent of Syrian children attended primary school and 70 percent…
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Summary Reader Advisory: This report contains graphic descriptions of traumatic experiences, often affecting children. Intersex people in the United States are subjected to medical practices that can inflict irreversible physical and psychological…
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Summary Do you see how much I’m suffering here? Do you think anyone deserves to be punished like this? … Sometimes I get anxious. … I thought about killing myself once, but then I regretted it and told myself I wasn’t going to do it. I said, ‘Lord,…
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“You Don’t Have Rights Here” US Border Screening and Returns of Central Americans to Risk of Serious Harm Summary Methodology…
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At Least Let Them Work The Denial of Work Authorization and Assistance for Asylum Seekers in the United States Summary Recommendations To the President of the United States:…
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Cultivating Fear: The Vulnerability of Immigrant Farmworkers in the US to Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Patricia M.’s Story Summary Key Recommendations To the…
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No Way to Live Alabama’s Immigrant Law Summary Human Rights Concerns A Climate of Fear Recommendations …
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  A Costly Move Far and Frequent Transfers Impede Hearings for Immigrant Detainees in the United States I. Summary II. Recommendations III.Background ICE Internal Policy on Transfers The…
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Rights on the Line Human Rights Watch Work on Abuses against Migrants in 2010 Summary Key Recommendations I. Exploitation of Migrant Workers Indonesia and Malaysia Kazakhstan Kuwait …
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“Tough, Fair, and Practical” A Human Rights Framework for Immigration Reform in the United States I. Introduction II. Human Rights and Legalization for Undocumented Migrants Provide Remedies for Victims…
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Costly and Unfair Flaws in US Immigration Detention Policy Summary Nonviolent Offenders Denied Bond Hearings Lawful Permanent Residents Non-Citizens Detained for Decades-Old Offenses Non-Citizens…
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Jailing Refugees Arbitrary Detention of Refugees in the US Who Fail to Adjust to Permanent Resident Status I. Overview II. Recommendations III. Methodology IV. Legal Context V. The Rationale…