Biden Starts to Hit Stride on Asylum Protections

World Refugee Day (June 20) marked six months of the Biden Administration.  In that time, The Advocates and other organizations have been extremely disappointed with the President’s failure to deliver on promises for swift and bold action on immigration and human rights.  While we celebrated the first days of Administration with executive orders ending the Muslim and African Bans, laying-out plans … Continue reading Biden Starts to Hit Stride on Asylum Protections

It’s a human right: Each of us has the right to fundamental safety & security.

The Advocates for Human Rights mourns the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of United States v. Texas, which has blocked President Obama’s executive actions on immigration for nearly two years and put the lives of an estimated 5 million people and their families on hold. International human rights standards recognize that the United States, … Continue reading It’s a human right: Each of us has the right to fundamental safety & security.

Where punk and the law meet: helping asylum seekers and immigrants

John Barham wears no shoes in his office; he practices law in his socks. On a recent Wednesday evening, his socks were dark gray wool, soft-looking. Beneath his desk one foot occasionally rubbed the other, two cats playing. He said the areas of law he specializes in — criminal defense and immigration — are designed, … Continue reading Where punk and the law meet: helping asylum seekers and immigrants

Meet Sarah Brenes: She’s a Zealous Advocate

Her clients’ courage and perseverance serve as a touchstone for Sarah Brenes (right) in her work to secure safety for people escaping violence and persecution. Brenes was recently appointed director of The Advocates for Human Rights’ Refugee and Immigrant Program, filling the big shoes left by Deepinder Mayell when he left The Advocates to accept … Continue reading Meet Sarah Brenes: She’s a Zealous Advocate

Here’s what to understand about refugee law & policy

I’ve been working as an attorney, primarily in immigration for 12 years. The overwhelming majority of the cases I handled have been asylum cases. I’ve taught a law school clinical practicum for eight years. I’ve spoken and trained attorneys and non-attorneys about asylum law and immigration, nationally and locally. I know the law and I … Continue reading Here’s what to understand about refugee law & policy

End the inhumane detention of refugee women and children

During National Week of Action, open your eyes to U.S. horrors As families across Minnesota prepare for the delights and frights of Halloween, a separate, hidden, and chilling reality exists in Texas, where more than 2,000 immigrant mothers and children are in for-profit detention facilities because they dared to flee to America to escape the … Continue reading End the inhumane detention of refugee women and children