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Risking their lives to reach the U.S

Jennifer Podkul, program officer, Migrant Rights & Justice Program, Women's Refugee Commission, appeared on Al Jazeera’s “Inside Stories America” in a segment entitled “Risking their lives to reach the U.S.” She spoke about the findings from the WRC’s report “Forced from Home: The Lost Boys and Girls of Central America.” The show can be seen here

Catherine O’Neill, Advocate for Women and Children, Dies at 70

Catherine O’Neill, whose travels with the International Rescue Committee to refugee camps led her, along with the actress Liv Ullmann and others, to found the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. She was 70.

Read the full obituary in The New York TImes.

Catherine O'Neill dies at 70; political activist, women's advocate

Catherine O'Neill was a well-known figure among Southern California Democrats, running twice for the state Senate. After observing conditions in refugee camps around the world, she helped found what is now the Women's Refugee Commission.

Read Catherine's obituary in The Los Angeles Times.

Escaping Gang Violence, Growing Number of Teens Cross Border

Jessica Jones, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Migrant Rights & Justice program, is quoted in this piece about teens fleeing gang violence in Central America, a phenomenon that we highlighted in our report "Forced from Home: The Lost Boys and Girls of Central America." Read the transcript here.

Christian Indonesians Live In NJ Church's Sanctuary to Avoid Deportation

ABC News quotes Michelle Brané, director of our Migrant Rights and Justice program, in “Christian Indonesians Live In NJ Church's Sanctuary to Avoid Deportation.” "They [five Christian men from Indonesia who have sought sanctuary at a New Jersey church in the hopes that it will save them from being deported] are in a Catch-22, whatever outcome they have is detrimental to their children. The reality is that these US citizen children can be really harmed by these decisions."

Read more here.

Poverty and fear of gangs drive young immigrants to U.S.

Our report "Forced from Home: The Lost Boys and Girls of Central America" is cited in this Reuters article "Poverty and Fear of Gangs Drive Young Immigrants to U.S." Read the article here.

A Quarter of Deportations Are of Parents of U.S. Citizens

ABCNews/Univision quotes Senior Program Officer for MIgrant Rights and Justice, Emily Butera, in "A Quarter of Deportations are of Parents of U.S. Citizens."

Nearly 205K Deportations of Parents of U.S. Citizens in Just Over Two Years

Senior Program Officer Emily Butera was quoted in the Colorlines article "Nearly 205K Deportations of Parents of U.S. Citizens in Just Over Two Years."

DHS Finally Addresses Rape in Detention Facilities

New America Media featured our press release in "DHS Finally Addresses Rape in Detention Facilities."

Child Marriage Perpetuates Cycle of Poverty for Young People

Senior Program Officer for Reproductive Health, Jennifer Schlecht, was quoted in the Deseret News article "Child Marriage Perpetuates Cycle of Poverty for Young People."