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Missed opportunity for empowerment: treating refugee girls as victims

"We will forever be in crisis mode if we allow humanitarian actors to provide for basic needs without addressing the protection concerns of girls."

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I’m Here: Adolescent Girls in Emergencies

The WRC's newest report features tools to identify, protect, serve and engage girls from the earliest days of a crisis.

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Locking Up Family Values, Again

The government has returned to a dangerous policy of family detention for immigrants. There are humane and effective alternatives.

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The Women’s Refugee Commission improves the lives and protects the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. We envision a world in which refugees are safe, healthy and self-reliant.

Facilitator's Kit: Community Preparedness for Reproductive Health and Gender

This Facilitator's Kit provides a complete framework for a 3-day training on Community Preparedness for Reproductive Health and Gender. The goal is to build community capacity to prepare and respond to risks and inequities faced by women and girls during emergencies. 

Locking Up Family Values, Again

In the summer of 2014, with an increase in the number of mothers and children fleeing violence and persecution in Central America, the Obama Administration returned to the widely discredited and costly practice of family detention. In this report, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), have collaborated to show the harm family detention causes and outline sensible alternatives.

A missed opportunity for empowerment: treating refugee girls as victims

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama just announced Let Girls Learn, which will consolidate efforts by the U.S. government to educate and empower girls abroad. I think the Obamas are on...

Five Years After the Haiti Earthquake, Let’s Prepare for the Next Disaster Before It Strikes

On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and rendering almost 2 million homeless. Five years later, the country is still struggling to rebuild. Since...

Migrant kids will flood the U.S. again, but the real crisis may hit south of the border

Ted Hesson, Fusion Feb 23, 2015

This year, the U.S. won't see waves of children and mothers from South America--but not because they're no longer flee violence. Rather, increased deportations in Mexico and family detention in the...

A costly choice—putting immigrant kids behind bars

The Hill Feb 06, 2015

"DHS is not fulfilling its obligations to these children. Children are still held by CBP inshort-term border facilities that lack enforceable standards and are notorious for their cold temperatures, lack of beds,...