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Women are a Critical Part of Immigration Reform: Let’s Include Them This Time

Posted May 20th, 2013 by

By Michelle Brané and Emily Butera This blog was originally posted on May 17, 2013 on the Huffington Post On April 17, we at the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) welcomed the introduction of S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.” For those of us who are veterans of the [...]

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Children Take their “Wish for the Holidays” to Capitol Hill

Posted December 19th, 2012 by

By Emily Butera, Senior Program Officer for Migrant Rights and Justice, Women’s Refugee Commission and Kate Kelly, Washington College of Law Distinguished Fellow, Women’s Refugee Commission “Children need to be with their parents so they can succeed.  I just want to be with my family.  Please don’t take my parents away, and I promise I [...]

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Children Left Behind: Number of Children in Foster Care Due to Parents’ Detention Climbs

Posted November 22nd, 2011 by

Emily Butera is the Senior Program Officer for Detention and Asylum at the Women’s Refugee Commission Maribel was driving in Virginia with her one-year-old child when she was pulled over by a police officer, who asked to see her driver’s license. A Mexican citizen living in the U.S. without a visa, Maribel was arrested for [...]

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Alabama’s new law and the impact on immigrant families

Posted October 4th, 2011 by

Fifty years ago, Alabama found itself at the center of a national battle for justice and civil rights. The bus boycotts, freedom rides and efforts to integrate schools and universities are widely looked upon as watershed moments in the march towards equality. The history books tell us that progress on this front has been significant [...]

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