Policy Brief – The U.K.-Rwanda Deal and Refugee Offshoring

Earlier this year, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Rwanda signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The deal intends to offshore the U.K. asylum process by sending asylum seekers to Rwanda. Offshoring is an increasingly popular strategy in developed countries that is often pitched as a deterrence policy. But as previous examples have shown, offshoring is […]

USCRI Policy Brief – Los Angeles Declaration on Migration & Protection

The Policy and Advocacy Report’s brief looks at the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection, signed by 20 heads of state from the Americas on June 10 as part of the Ninth Summit of the Americas. The Los Angeles Declaration is an important commitment by governments in the hemisphere to strengthen domestic and international […]

Policy Recommendations to Improve the Protection and Care for Unaccompanied Children

Thousands of refugee and immigrant children come to the United States alone or with their families each year, many having fled life-threatening dangers in their countries of origin. In fiscal year (FY) 2019, more than 69,000 unaccompanied children entered the custody of the U.S. federal government. Unaccompanied children (UCs) are under 18 years old, have […]

Unaccompanied Children, UC Care Providers, and Planning for the End of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Since the outset of the pandemic, care providers have worked diligently to maintain the health and safety of the unaccompanied children (UCs) in their care. COVID-19 hit congregate-care facilities especially hard, which meant that staff had to adjust to changing practices around exposures and maintaining safety, emerging best-practices based on new information, new protocols, and […]