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Seeking Safety in Greece: Recounting The Asylum Seeker’s Odyssey

In June 2023, 600 people drowned in Greek waters after the fishing boat Adriana sank. Those 600 people had been fleeing their home countries in search of safety in Europe, but the Greek and Italian authorities aware of the sinking ship did not respond to the calls and pleas for help. The account of the […]

USCRI Calls on Congress to Prioritize Human Rights Amidst Budgetary Negotiations

Current negotiations surrounding President Biden’s proposed budget have included suggested rollbacks of critical asylum protections, such as raising the credible fear standard, increasing immigration detention, and removing the long-standing, Congressionally-created parole authority. Negotiations over the Fiscal Year 2024 federal budget in September included similar anti-asylum proposals that would endanger families and children fleeing violence and persecution. […]

Policy Brief: Let us not Forget that Asylum is a Human Right

In anticipation of Human Rights Day on December 10, Policy Analyst Aaron Nodjomian-Escajeda discusses the United States’ responsibility in upholding the rights outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as an original contributor and emphasizes that the right to asylum, which is currently under attack in the United States and abroad, is a fundamental […]

The 2023 Global Refugee Forum

From December 13 to 15, the Global Refugee Forum (GRF) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland. It is the largest international gathering on refugees and forcibly displaced persons, bringing together national governments, refugees, local authorities, international organizations, civil society, and members of the private sector. This is only the second GRF ever hosted. The first […]

Learning is a Lifeline: Access to Education for Refugee Children in Kenya

Across the globe conflicts are becoming increasingly protracted, new escalations of violence are occurring, climate disasters are more frequent, and humanitarian crises are worsening. Such realities are displacing more children than ever before and for longer periods of time. Many children are now spending their entire childhoods displaced, and for some, their entire childhoods in […]

Pakistan Must End Campaign Targeting Afghan Refugees

Millions of Afghan refugees in Pakistan are at risk under a Pakistan government decree for Afghan nationals to repatriate to Afghanistan. Vulnerable Afghans face an unthinkable choice— stay in Pakistan with dwindling opportunities in an increasingly hostile environment, or return to Afghanistan, where they face persecution and other harm under the Taliban’s repressive rule. This […]

Practice Guidance on the Debt Bondage Repair Act

Traffickers often use financial means, such as control over finances, access to money, or amount of debt, to coerce their victims. Traffickers also may accrue significant debt in their victims’ names or force them to incur the debt themselves, resulting in poor credit. USCRI believes that survivors should have access to services to help them […]

Policy Brief: “The Abyss of Despair” – A Need to Act for Haiti and Its Children

Often far removed from the headlines is a humanitarian crisis worsening by the day: the situation in Haiti. In recent months, a resurgence of armed violence has plagued daily life in Haiti with brutality and insecurity, particularly in the capital of Port-au-Prince and neighboring areas. It is estimated that over 200 gangs currently operate throughout […]

Policy Brief: Dignity Beyond Borders- Stories that Surpass Adversity

In the field of migration, there is a tendency to focus on suffering as we bring awareness to the human rights abuses, wars and conflicts, economic disparities, and climate disasters that push people to leave their homes in search of safety and security. But there is another side to stories of displacement: triumph in the […]

Policy Brief: Ukrainians Fleeing Russia’s War Cut Off from U.S. Support

Tens of thousands of Ukrainians have arrived in the United States since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022. As the war continues and Russian attacks on civilians escalate, Ukrainians continue to seek safety and protection in the United States on a daily basis. However, the safety net available to Ukrainians arriving in the […]