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Refugee & Asylum
CALS Asylum Case Research
Georgetown University Asylum Research. This page describes some basic sources for research on behalf of individuals seeking asylum in the United States.
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
The bureau's focus is refugees, other migrants, and conflict victims. Our goal is to protect these people, who are often living in quite dangerous conditions.
Michigan-Melbourne Refugee Case Law Site
This site is designed to assist judges, advocates, and policymakers around the world to access leading court decisions that interpret the refugee definition set by the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol.
National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights (NNIRR)
NNIRR works to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status. It is a national organization composed of local coalitions and immigrant, refugee, community, religious, civil rights and labor organizations and activists.
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Part of Administration for Children and Families. About the office, programs, grants & funding, benefits & services, resources, partners, policy guidance & reporting forms.
Refugee & Asylum Information
Refugee status or asylum may be granted to people who have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.
Refugee Studies Center - Oxford
The Refugee Studies Centre was founded in 1982 as part of the Oxford Department of International Development (Queen Elizabeth House) at the University of Oxford. Its purpose is to build knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of forced migration in order to help improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.
By the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Refworld is the leading source of information necessary for taking quality decisions on refugee status.
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
Established in 1911, the USCRI has been serving uprooted people, regardless of their nationality, race, ideology, or social group.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrants’ Rights
Information about the organization, key issues, its work, news, Due Process, ICE/Police abuse, immigration detention, immigration discrimination, workplace rights, how to get involved, and contact information.
To locate a detainee who is currently in ICE custody, or who was released from ICE custody for any reason within the last 60 days.
Detention Watch Network
DWN is a coalition that addresses the immigration detention crisis head on. Together we work to reform the U.S. detention and deportation system so that all who come to our shores receive fair and humane treatment.
ICE Detention Facilities Locator
Lists facilities in alphabetical order by the name of a state. Information about each listed detention center is available in English and Spanish.
The Washington Post: Careless Detention
Article covering medical care in Immigrant prisons. (2008).
TRAC Detention Facility Reports
Information on transfers and departures from ICE detention. Free service by Syracuse University.
Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs
The mission is to improve the quality of life for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families by providing advocacy for the member organizations that serve them.
National Center for Farmworker Health
Established in 1975, is dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families by providing information services and products to a network of more than 500 migrant health center service sites in the United States as well as organizations, universities, researchers, and individuals involved in farmworker health.
USDA Chief Economist's Office
H-2A workers. The Agricultural Labor Affairs Coordinator (ALAC) operates within the Office of the Chief Economist and functions as the Department-wide coordinator of agricultural labor issues. The ALAC also serves as USDA's focal point for agricultural labor issues, including regulations and immigration issues, and is responsible for coordinating activities with other Federal agencies.
Office of Migrant Education
To provide excellent leadership, technical assistance, and financial support to improve the educational opportunities and academic success of migrant children, youth, agricultural workers, fishers, and their families.
USCIS: Designated Civil Surgeons
Most applicants for adjustment of status are required to have a medical examination. The medical examination must be conducted by a civil surgeon who has been designated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Central American Resource Center DC
The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) is a community based organization that seeks to foster the comprehensive development of the Latino community in the Washington metropolitan region.
Central American Resource Center LA
The mission of CARECEN is to empower Central Americans by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice and promoting cultural diversity.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
It is a national non-profit resource center that provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights.
Founded in 1994, it is a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals.
OutRight Action International
Formerly known as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. OutRight is a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
National Center for Lesbian Rights: Immigration
In 1994, NCLR established a national project dedicated to immigration issues. Since those early years NCLR has provided free legal assistance to thousands of LGBT immigrants nationwide.
Administration for Children and Families
A federal agency funding state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families.
Child Rights Information Network
Searchable database of resources (including events, news and publications), information organized by regions, issues addressed are listed in alphabetical order, information on how to get involved, and relevant laws.
U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, and Spanish.
UNICEF was created in December 1946 by the United Nations to provide food, clothing and health care to them.
Gender & Women
Our purpose is to centralize assistance for advocates and attorneys facing complex legal problems in advocating for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Center for Gender & Refugee Studies
To protect the basic human rights of refugee women and girls by advancing gender-sensitive asylum laws, helping advocates successfully represent women in need of protection, and preventing these refugees from being forcibly returned to the countries from which they have fled.
Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children
Advocates for laws, policies and programs to improve the lives and protect the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children and young people, including those seeking asylum—bringing about lasting, measurable change.
Adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.
Women's Human Rights Resources Programm (WHRR)
WHRR collects, organizes and disseminates information on women's human rights law to facilitate research, teaching and cooperation.