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One Year After the Asylum Ban: More Barriers to Asylum Access

By the end of World War II, between 50-80 million people had been killed. An estimated 60 million more had been displaced, many of whom were attempting to seek refuge in other countries. To ensure that the consequences of World War II would never repeat, the United Nations (UN) drafted the Universal Declaration of Human […]

More Barriers to Asylum Access

Early this month, on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Circumvention of Lawful Pathways (CLP) rule, known as the asylum ban, the Biden administration announced actions to again reduce access to asylum in the United States. On May 13, 2024, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) […]

USCRI Co-Leads Call for Extension and Redesignation of Temporary Protected Status for Burma

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), TPS-DED AAC, Fortify Rights, CUSP, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice are joined by over 100 organizations to urge the Biden administration to extend and redesignate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Burma. Temporary Protected Status extends work authorization and protection from removal for nationals of designated countries experiencing […]

Myanmar’s Human Rights Crisis: In Freefall with Insufficient International Attention

Myanmar has long faced political uncertainty and turmoil. But the humanitarian crisis compounded in February 2021, when Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw, carried out a coup against the government—detaining civilian leaders, naming replacement ministers, and declaring a one-year state of emergency. Pro-democracy protests in major cities were met with force as the Tatmadaw immediately cracked down […]

Refugee Employment – Five Years at University Hospitals

University Hospitals has hired hundreds of USCRI Cleveland’s refugee clients over the years, training them on how to work in the kitchen and on American work culture. While many will move on from the job after a few years to proceed in a career in health care or to go back to school, some call […]

USCRI Webinar: Ukrainian Policy Update

Two years after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, violence, destruction, and violations of international law continue to create dire conditions for civilians living in Ukraine and fuel widespread displacement both in and outside of the country. On February 26, USCRI legal and policy staff hosted a webinar to discuss the latest on […]

The Welcome Corps One Year In

In January 2023, the U.S. government launched the Welcome Corps program for the private sponsorship of refugees in the United States. Through the Welcome Corps, community organizations, universities or colleges, and individual Americans can apply to sponsor refugees to relocate and resettle in the United States through the existing U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). The […]

A Period in Humanitarian Crises

Menstruation, commonly referred to as a period, is often stigmatized. Many find dialogue about it awkward or unnecessary. Yet it is one of the most important conversations for humanitarian actors, policymakers, and the global community to have. Neglecting menstrual hygiene needs can lead to grave impacts on physical and mental health, therefore worsening already critical […]

Policy Brief: The Largest Humanitarian Needs of 2024

The United Nations (UN) and partner organizations estimate that 299.4 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2024. These needs are driven by conflict, the climate crisis, and economic factors, according to the Global Humanitarian Overview, the annual assessment of worldwide humanitarian needs and how to address them. This report will provide brief […]