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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 Syria is a death country, a kidnapping country. Anyone coming back will lose their money or their life. — Salam, 26, from al-Jeza in Daraa Syrian refugees who voluntarily returned to Syria between 2017 and 2021 from Lebanon and Jordan…
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(Beirut) – Syrian refugees who returned to Syria between 2017 and 2021 from Lebanon and Jordan faced grave human rights abuses and persecution at the hands of the Syrian government and affiliated militias, Human Rights Watch…
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Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr. President of the United States 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Biden: We, the 105 undersigned organizations, write to express our alarm and disappointment that your administration is…
A migrant family crosses the border into El Paso, Texas, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.
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Call for a Meaningful Opportunity to Return Home for Those Unjustly Deported

Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas U.S. Department of Homeland Security 3801 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016 Dear Secretary Mayorkas: The National Immigrant Justice Center, We Are Home campaign, and the 85 undersigned organizations urge you to…
Migrants seeking asylum wait in line with their case paperwork to meet with an attorney on Oct. 5, 2019, during a weekly trip by volunteers, lawyers, paralegals and interpreters to the migrant campsite outside El Puente Nuevo in Matamoros, Mexico.
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Put Human Rights at Center of Upcoming Migration Management Talks

June 4, 2021   Vice President Kamala Harris The White House Office of the Vice President 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC  20050 Dear Vice President Harris, We write to urge you to put human rights at the center of…
Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president of the United States
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A federal judge in California ruled on April 21 that the Iraqi extradition case against Omar Ameen, a resettled refugee in the U.S., was based on an alleged series of events that is "simply not plausible." The evidence the government presented,…
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Immigration is a Racial Justice Issue

Susan Rice Director, Domestic Policy Council Dana Remus White House Counsel Danielle Conley Deputy Counsel, Office of White House Counsel Tona Boyd Special Counsel, Office of White House Counsel Lauren Moore Associate Counsel, Office of…
Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, right, watch as President Joe Biden signs an executive order on immigration in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, February 2, 2021.
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A Broad Coalition of Groups Calls for Welcome with Dignity

The administration of US President Joe Biden has announced it will redesignate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), meaning Haitians already present in the United States will be allowed to stay. Explaining the decision, Department of…
 asylum seeker from Haiti waits at a makeshift encampment at the border port of entry
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The Honorable President Joe Biden President of the United States 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500   The Honorable Vice President Kamala Harris Vice President of the United States 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC…
 asylum seeker from Haiti waits at a makeshift encampment at the border port of entry
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Regarding Immigration and Public Health Policy Concerns Related to Covid-19

Thomas J. Rachko, Jr. Senior Coordinator, U.S. Program Human Rights Watch 1275 K Street Northwest Washington, DC 20005 Dear Mr. Rachko: Thank you for your letter regarding immigration and public health policy concerns related to the 2019…
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HRW Strongly Supports CA AB 937, the Voiding Inequality and Seeking Inclusion for Our Immigrant Neighbors (VISION) Act

Wendy Carrillo California State Assemblymember Capitol Office, Room 4167 P.O. Box 942849 Re: AB 937 (Carrillo) — The VISION Act — CO-SPONSOR Dear Assemblymember Carrillo: As a co-sponsor, Human Rights Watch writes in strong support of AB 937,…
An ICE detainee rests his hands on the window of his cell in the segregation wing at the Adelanto immigration detention center, which is run by the Geo Group Inc, in Adelanto, California, on April 13, 2017.
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US Should Continue to Move Toward a More Humane Policy

Recent reports of children being held for prolonged periods in packed unhygienic conditions, sleeping on mats on the floor of border jails, conjured the faces of children I spoke with in the same dangerous and unacceptable situation in 2019, under the…
A woman walks carrying her child at the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) South Texas Family Residential Center, in Dilley, Texas, August 23, 2019. 
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Assembly Bill 32 Represents the Will of California

Mr. Stephen Ehrlich U.S. Department of Justice 1100 L Street, NW Washington, DC 20005 Dear Mr. Ehrlich: We are writing to urge you to withdraw the United States’ suit against the state of California in GEO Group Inc. v. Newsom (Case No. 20-56172…
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Omit Provisions Denying Benefits Based on Youth Offenses

(Washington, DC) – Congress should make significant changes to a version of the Dream Act introduced on March 3, 2021 in the United States House of Representatives, Human Rights Watch said today. The bill, the American Dream and Promise Act, or H.R…
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students celebrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, June 18, 2020. 
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The administration of United States President Joe Biden should move swiftly to ensure fair, dignified and humane treatment of asylum seekers and migrants at the border, Human Rights Watch and the Iowa City Catholic Worker said in a video released today.…
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Video Shows Family Separated under Trump Policy Have Reason to Hope

(Iowa) – The administration of United States President Joe Biden should move swiftly to ensure fair, dignified, and humane treatment of asylum seekers and migrants at the border, Human Rights Watch and the Iowa City Catholic Worker said in a video…
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Regarding Use of Expedited Removal Process for Asylum Seekers at the Border

Hon. Alejandro Mayorkas Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security 301 7th Street, SW Washington, DC 20528 Re: Use of Expedited Removal Process for Asylum Seekers at the Border Dear Secretary Mayorkas, Our undersigned faith-based,…
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