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January 24, 2020 • Press Release

Anniversary of the implementation of so-called ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy marks rampant rights abuses

Wednesday, January 29 marks one year since the Trump administration implemented an unprecedented program disingenuously titled the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as “Remain in Mexico,” under which the U.S. government forcibly returns people to Mexico while they ask for asylum in the U.S. Since last January, close to 60,000 people who arrived at …

December 19, 2019 • Press Release

Final 2020 Congressional Funding Bills Fall Far Short of Making Human Rights a Priority

Responding to the final funding bills for Fiscal Year 2020, Amnesty International USA urges that the U.S. government must step up its contribution to global efforts to protect human rights. Earlier this week, Amnesty International USA welcomed efforts to secure $25,000,000 to aid in research around gun violence after recommendations from 160 medical, public health, …

November 19, 2019 • Press Release

Billboards for World Children’s Day Call for Freedom for Detained Children in the U.S.

For World Children’s Day on November 20, Amnesty International USA is calling for the United States government to stop detaining children who seek safety in the United States, with new billboards targeting the Trump administration. As part of the I Welcome campaign, Amnesty International USA has launched billboards in Florida targeting the detention of children seeking …

November 18, 2019 • Press Release

President Trump’s Bullying Makes a Mockery of Asylum

Responding to a new interim final rule that seeks to implement asylum cooperative agreements between the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, Charanya Krishnaswami, the advocacy director for the Americas at Amnesty International USA said: “The administration has bullied the governments of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras into signing agreements that will be deadly …

October 28, 2019 • Press Release

CHS Contract Is Not Renewed at Homestead, But Children Should Not Be Stuck There

Responding to reports that the Department of Health and Human Services will not renew its contract with Comprehensive Health Services in the Homestead detention center in Florida, Denise Bell, researcher for refugee and migrant rights, said: “While this is a step in the right direction, no child should be held in detention because of their …

October 18, 2019 • Report

Comprehensive Health Services Contributing to the Violation of Children’s Rights by Operating the Homestead Facility in Florida

Amnesty International USA today called on U.S. government contractor, Comprehensive Health Services, to end its operations at the Homestead detention center in Florida. A new briefing, No Home for Children: End the Contract to Operate the Homestead ‘Temporary Emergency’ Facility, exposes how Comprehensive Health Services is contributing to the U.S. government’s violations of the rights …

October 15, 2019 • Press Release

18 Leaders Arrested Today at the Capitol While Protesting Trump Administration’s Destruction of the Refugee Resettlement Program

In response to the Trump Administration’s continued assault on the U.S. refugee resettlement program, 18 leaders from the nation’s leading faith and human rights organizations, as well as a former State Department official, were arrested on Capitol Hill as part of the first ever act of civil disobedience in the name of refugee resettlement. Those …

October 11, 2019 • Press Release

Faith Leaders, Human Rights Groups, and Former Assistant Secretary of State Stage Civil Disobedience for Refugees

On Tuesday, October 15th, 18 protestors–including heads of Amnesty International USA, America’s Voice, CAIR, and Church World Service, as well as a former Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration–will risk arrest on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The leaders will wear life vests symbolizing the life-saving refugee resettlement program. Faith …

September 27, 2019 • Press Release

Federal Judge Halts Trump Administration’s Cruel Attack on Flores Agreement, Children’s Rights

Judge Dolly Gee of the Federal District Court in Los Angeles today issued a ruling halting the Trump administration’s attempt to terminate the 1997 Flores Agreement. The Flores Agreement mandates that children cannot be held in immigrant detention for more than 20 days.

September 20, 2019 • Press Release

El Salvador Agreement Must Be Condemned Immediately

Responding to reports of a cooperative agreement between the United States and El Salvador, which would potentially force certain asylum-seekers to request asylum there, Charanya Krishnaswami, the advocacy director for the Americas at Amnesty International USA, said: “This agreement makes a mockery of the right to asylum. People should not be forced to seek safety …

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