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Climate of Coercion: Environmental and Other Drivers of Cross-Border Displacement in Central America and Mexico

March 30, 2023

This report published by the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, and Human Security Initiative (HUMSI) analyzes the intersection of climate change and climate-related disasters with other root causes of movement across borders for people who have traveled to the United States-Mexico border from Central America and other parts of Mexico to seek U.S. humanitarian protection. It is based on 38 interviews in Tijuana shelters with Guatemalan, Honduran, Mexican, and Salvadoran individuals who intend to seek U.S. asylum, conducted in Spanish in January 2023 by HUMSI and a team of Stanford Law School students.

Documentation and Benefit Eligibility for Ukrainians

June 8, 2022

Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the number of Ukrainians seeking safety in the United States has rapidly risen. This fact sheet outlines the three main legal pathways and their corresponding benefit eligibility, that Ukrainians are utilizing in the United States. These include 1) Temporary Protected Status (TPS); 2) Humanitarian Parole and the Uniting for Ukraine Program; and 3) the Lautenberg Program.

Strategic Communications for Unaccompanied Children: Principles and Strategies

April 1, 2022

The past five years have seen numerous communications challenges for unaccompanied children's providers and advocates, along with substantial threats to the well-being of unaccompanied children (UC) themselves. In 2018, under the Trump Administration, shelters were targeted as sites of protest during the height of the Family Separation policy. More recently, 2021 and into 2022 have seen attacks on UC care providers from state governors who want to end the care of unaccompanied children in their states.This brief provides two key principles for strategic communications around the UC system, and five communications strategies for putting those principles into practice. Advocates and shelter care providers know the importance of providing care for unaccompanied children. To continue to provide that care, the program needs support from Congress, the Administration, members of the public, and state government officials. It is in the children's best interest to be able to effectively communicate and advocate on their behalf.

USCRI Backgrounder: The Russian and Ukraine Crisis

February 24, 2022

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) presents the following backgrounder on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine as of February 24, 2022. Information and maps are from various sources and not the original work of USCRI. All information is subject to change.

Falling Short on Follow-Through: Assessing and Alleviating Implementation Gaps in U.S. Trafficking Policy for Foreign National Child and Youth Trafficking Survivors

January 31, 2022

This policy paper identifies four areas where policy does not reach child trafficking survivors, and provides recommendations on how the U.S. government can amend policies and practices to ensure it does not fall short on protecting foreign national child survivors of human trafficking.

Policy and Advocacy Report: Volume 5, Issue No.3

December 6, 2021

Volume 5, Issue 3 of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants' series of Policy and Advocacy Reports. This report focuses on how family separation harmed children and families and also provides updates on other U.S. and international migration issues.

USCRI Backgrounder: Case Management for Unaccompanied Children

October 1, 2021

This USCRI Backgrounder outlines the roles, responsibilities, and challenges of case management within the shelter network for unaccompanied children (UCs) coordinated by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Reunification with a family is the primary goal. The primary tasks of case managers are (1) to establish contact with the child's parent(s) and to identify a potential sponsor; (2) to confirm that the potential sponsor offers a safe and stable home for the child, and that the home will remain safe and stable; and (3) to submit documentation, primarily the Family Reunification Packet, that corroborates that the placement is suitable, and is used by ORR to evaluate and approve the placement.

Refugee Reports: Special Citizenship Issue. Volume 25, Number 7

October 1, 2004

Includes articles on: Welcoming New Americans: Challenges and Opportunities for the US Office of Citizenship Naturalization and Citizenship in the Southeast Asian Community Naturalization Trends and Statistics Redesign of the U.S. Naturalization Test How Does One Become Naturalized? Citizenship AmeriCorps Initiative: Meeting the Heartfelt Need Tutoring Amas: A Success Story Becoming an American Refugee Voices Unseen, Unheard, Unaided: Urban Refugees in Dar es Salaam Banking on the Future: The Importance of Financial Literacy