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Reps Introduce Bill to Eliminate One-Year Filing Deadline for Asylum

09/28/2011

Victims of persecution and torture should never be at the mercy of a filing deadline to gain asylum. Most asylum seekers do not realize that they only have one year after their arrival to apply for asylum. If they miss this deadline, they risk being sent back to their countries and into the hands of their tormentors.

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Cook County, Illinois Circumvents Secure Communities and Protects Its Residents

09/14/2011

As legal challenges to Secure Communities make their way through courts across the country, Cook County, Illinois has found a bold and creative way around this destructive program. Last week, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to stop complying with ICE requests to hold immigrants convicted of misdemeanors and traffic violations.

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White House Committed to Closing Guantanamo

09/12/2011

The White House recently reaffirmed its commitment to closing Guantanamo—a commitment President Obama made almost three years ago when he signed an executive order mandating its closure within a year.

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PHR Remembers Victims of September 11 Attacks and Thanks All Who Fight for Human Rights

09/09/2011

PHR marks the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001 by remembering the victims of the brutal terrorist attacks and thanking all those who continue to fight for human rights.

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The DSK Effect: Immigrant Victims Fear Reporting Crimes

08/25/2011

This week, sexual assault charges against former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, were dropped due to concerns about the credibility of his accuser, Nafissatou Diallo. The inconsistency of Diallo’s narrative, as well as lies contained in her asylum application, led the prosecution to conclude that its case was in jeopardy. Due to the attack on her credibility, the truth regarding what happened in that Manhattan hotel room will never be known. What does this mean for other immigrants who fall victim to crime in the US?

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