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On 60th Anniversary, UNHCR Calls on US to Make Pledge of Refugee Protection


Ms. R came to the US from her home country in central Africa where, in her early teenage years, she was subjected to a horrifying sexual initiation ritual.

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Giving Refuge: Reflections on Working with Asylum Seekers


In the newspapers, we read wrenching stories about suffering in faraway places such as Sudan, Rwanda, Congo, and Myanmar; through this work, these stories have become real to me.

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Still Not Out Of "El Pozo": Immigrants With Mental Disabilities Face Continuing Threats to Their Health and Human Rights


Confinement in detention is among the most painful indignities that a mentally ill immigrant can suffer.

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Justice and Freedom for Haitian Earthquake Survivors in America


Six months after the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, refugee advocates in Florida and around the country continue to ask themselves how defenders of justice should respond to the incarceration of a group of Haitian earthquake survivors for doing nothing more than following orders from American military personnel.

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Eliminating Fear of Abuse From the Dangers of Detention


The Prison Rape Elimination Act became law in 2003, but it was not until earlier this year that regulations to implement the law were proposed to be enacted by the Department of Justice. In early May, Physicians for Human Rights submitted comments in support of these proposed standards to prevent, and offer treatment to victims of, sexual abuse in prison.

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