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‘We Have to Survive’: Meet NYC Immigrant Women Fighting for Their Communities During the Pandemic

In the absence of comprehensive governmental safety nets, New York women banded together, adapted their skill sets, organized aid and fought for policy changes. What’s next for them?
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How the UK Became an Origin Country for Human Trafficking

For years the UK was known as a destination country for victims of trafficking. But now more and more vulnerable British nationals are being taken away from their communities and trafficked within the borders of…
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Her Case Set The Precedent for The Trump Administration. Now She’s Been Granted Asylum

Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions denied a woman's asylum case in 2018. Now, that decision has been lifted, and she has obtained asylum this week. But the implications go beyond her own case.
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NYC Immigrant Communities Have Long Been Represented by White Men. Will This Election Change That?

Women of color are running to transform local governance in New York and across the U.S., driven by the belief that their communities have been neglected and inspired by the successes at the national level.
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Uyghur Women Aren’t Safe No Matter Where They Go

Leaving Xinjiang has not meant they are free of China’s grasp.
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Revealed: US Citizen Newborns Sent to Mexico Under Trump-Era Border Ban

Migrant women were sent back to Mexico within days of giving birth and without an opportunity to collect birth certificates for their U.S. citizen newborns. They were “expelled” under a policy Trump officials put in…
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‘Binary’ Choice for Detained Mothers During COVID: Family Separation or Indefinite Detention

Parents detained at an immigration center in Texas face what advocates call a “binary” choice: let the children be released alone or remain detained together and bear the threat of catching a deadly disease.
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Targeted for abuse: With borders closed, women fleeing Venezuela face additional threats

Colombia’s border closure due to COVID-19 left no safe way for Venezuelan migrants to cross the border, exposing more women to sexual abuse, kidnapping, trafficking and murder that is endemic along informal routes.
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Transgender and Trapped in Sex-Based Social Distancing

Panama came up with a novel—and uniquely discriminatory—public health measure to combat the coronavirus.
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Public Comment Ends for Proposed Changes that Eliminate Gender-Based Asylum

Trump Administration’s proposed asylum changes could end protection for women and girls fleeing domestic violence. The public comment period ends today. As the United States was busy battling the invisible enemy of the coronavirus, the Trump…

Trump’s Human Trafficking Record Is Fake News

The U.S. government has just released a highly anticipated human rights report that whitewashes the effects of its own policies.

Do Traffickers Kidnap Their Victims? The Myths and Realities of Human Trafficking

As awareness and understanding around human trafficking grows, so do its myths, filtered and fertilized through social media and misunderstandings.

Trump’s Anti-Trafficking Argument for a Border Wall

Trump’s Administration has not only mischaracterized the issue of trafficking in America but also recently introduced changes that have made the situation worse for victims.

She was separated from her son for 9 months while seeking asylum. She’s still haunted by everything she missed.

"He’s never going to crawl for the first time again," says Mariana Ibarra Morán, who was separated from her son for 9 months.

How Immigration Reporting Overlooks Women

Articles on immigration focused almost exclusively on border security, conflict and crisis. The absence of women’s voices from such coverage is striking.

Trapped At the Border? Hope for a Female Judge

If you’re a migrant seeking asylum in the United States, hope for a female judge. According to an analysis of data from Syracuse University, which collected outcomes from asylum decisions made by 293 immigration judges…

Weaponizing Children

In 1977, the public school system of Tyler, Texas, a small city 100 miles southeast of Dallas, began expelling students who couldn’t prove they were in the United States legally. The state had passed a law cutting…

At the Texas-Mexico Border, Her Son Begged Not to be Taken. They Took Him Anyway.

‘I Felt My Heart Being Taken Away From Me,’ Says His Mother Valquiria had never spent a day apart from her 7-year-old son, B, until March, when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) whisked the…
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