Immigration Legal Services for Afghan Arrivals (ILSAA)

Tens of thousands of evacuated Afghans now seek refuge in the United States. Many Afghan newcomers, including Afghan humanitarian parolees, face complex immigration legal challenges as they work toward securing a permanent future here. USCRI is proud to announce that, through funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and […]

Part 3 of USCRI’s Series: In Search of Safety

On this week’s installment of USCRI's "In Search of Safety" Facebook Live Series, Vice President AnnaMarie Bena talks to Managing Attorney Hila Moss about her work overseeing USCRI's Legal Services Program and the process to help Unaccompanied Children navigate the immigration system. USCRI has been serving immigrants by providing legal services since 1911. The Immigration [...]

Part 2 of USCRI’s Series: In Search of Safety

This week’s conversation about unaccompanied children is about the essential services provided by USCRI’s Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children (CRIC) following their release to parents and guardians. Vice President AnnaMarie Bena talks to Director Matt Haygood about the post-release needs of unaccompanied children on their immigration journey. In 2005, USCRI began providing services to […]

USCRI Expands Work to Mexico in Partnership with Habesha Project

  ARLINGTON, VA—Today, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants announced its new office that brings critical legal assistance to migrants in the San Diego-Tijuana region. USCRI staff will work on both sides of the US-Mexico border, in partnership with Mexico’s Habesha Project. USCRI’s office will focus on legal aid to help migrants in claims […]

USCRI Announces A New “Know Your Rights” Toolkit

USCRI’s Know Your Rights toolkit includes a guide for survivors of trafficking and asylum seekers to help them navigate law and immigration enforcement. The contents include: General tips On the street At home In a vehicle If detained Cannabis (marijuana) There is also a handy wallet-sized version in English, Spanish, French, Russian and Ukrainian. Click […]

URGENT ACTION: Keep America’s Refugee Resettlement Program Alive!

The refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year was just officially set at 15,000—the lowest level in U.S. history—and is restricting refugee arrivals based on limited categories of persecution and country of origin, meaning even fewer than 15,000 refugees will actually be resettled. The United States has long been a leader in refugee resettlement, but […]

USCRI Calls for DHS Investigation of the Unlawful Detention of Unaccompanied Children in Hotels

Nelson Mandela wrote, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than how it treats its children.” The United States continues to lose its way in how we treat the unaccompanied children fleeing the intractable violence, endemic poverty, and widespread lawlessness of the countries located in the Northern Triangle—Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. […]

Join USCRI in the National Refugee Day of Action: Make Your Voice Heard

National Refugee Day of Action Monday, October 26, 2020 Background: The Trump administration has proposed the lowest refugee admissions goal in history — just 15,000 refugees in FY 2021. To make matters worse, the administration is not resettling refugees based on their vulnerability. Instead, the administration’s roadmap for resettlement is based on very restrictive categories […]