As ICE detains more pregnant women, costs are accruing for the women, their unborn children, and for taxpayers. “There’s a whole spectrum of alternatives to detention for individuals like this,” says Katharina Obser of the WRC.
DHS acknowledges the flaws in family detention but still envisions a system where women and children are incarcerated.
Children become further traumatized in family detention centers, as their parents are unable to give them a sense of safety.
"For an initiative that used such lofty language, I struggle to see what the initiative has tangibly created, other than recognition, acknowledgement and sympathy for the issue." Marcy Hersh, senior advocacy officer, comments on the lack of progress a year after a global summit to end sexual violence in conflicts.
For refugee women, cooking dinner can be an all-day affair – and a dangerous one. Almost 10 years ago, the Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) put the issue of Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) on the humanitarian agenda. Today, the WRC was recognized for its ground-breaking work with a Green Star Award.
Enhanced border security is no way to treat refugees. In fact, it’s contrary to American values.
Women and children fleeing violence have a legal right to apply for asylum in the United States, and should not be detained. Furthermore, the administration’s claim that its only other option is to separate children, including babies, from their mothers is cowardly and immoral.
The WRC recently made a trip to to the new detention facilities in Dilley, Texas, and spoke with dozens of migrant families there. More than ever, it was clear that family detention is an inhumane, and financially wasteful policy.
Far more families are being detained after seeking safety in the U.S., and they're being held for far longer: 6 months, a year, or more. The effects on their well-being are tragic, especially for children. Advocates, including the WRC, are challenging the legality of this extended detention.
With many Syrian men are separated, fighting or killed, women become leaders and protectors. “In every conflict situation, there is a disruption of gender roles,” says Dale Buscher of the WRC, “Displacement creates new opportunities for a more gender-equitable society.”
The economic and social implications of gender inequality in nationality laws can prove dire for women and their children.
As migration enforcement tightens, vulnerable migrant children are being driven further from safe routes and into the cars of kidnappers.
By acknowledging refugee sex workers and establishing support protocols, we better ensure that their rights — to safety, health, information and dignity — are respected.
Up to 80% of the women and girls fleeing Central America are sexually assaulted during the journey. Once here, they may be prevented from receiving legal contraception and abortion.
"...each child deserves the opportunity of stating his or her story before it is decided if he or she can continue to stay or must return to his or her country of origin."
"While Nadine's injuries keep her from being able to leave the house, adequately look after her household, or take on a job, they fall outside the narrow definition of "life-threatening" that donors have adopted." As a result, refugees with disabilities are left more vulnerable than ever.
"Estimates suggest that anywhere between 60 and 80 percent of migrant women and girls are raped on their journey as they travel across the southern United States border." Adequate sexual and reproductive health care is absolutely necessary for these women and girls.
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 U.S. keep them far from the media's lens.