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The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) is a leading voice in the movement to rebuild the U.S. asylum system and expand access to protection for women, children, LGBTQ+ people, and others seeking refuge. Our Policy & Advocacy team serves as a critical resource on asylum to policymakers, journalists, and the public. We provide rapid analysis of policy developments and offer practical recommendations for decision-makers at all levels of government, advising our leaders on how to ensure the United States lives up to its legal and moral commitments to people fleeing persecution.

On Issues Related to the Response to Climate Displacement in the Request for an Advisory Opinion Submitted by the Republics of Colombia and Chile

Human Rights Body Submission
Dec 15, 2023

Refugee and human rights advocates submitted an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) to inform the Court’s upcoming Advisory Opinion regarding States’ human rights obligations in the context of the unfolding climate emergency.

Sobre asuntos relacionados a la respuesta al desplazamiento climático en la solicitud de la opinión consultiva sobre la emergencia climática y derechos humanos

Human Rights Body Submission
Dec 15, 2023

Defensores de derechos humanos presentaron escrito en calidad de amicus curiae (“amigo de la corte”) ante la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos para informar la opinión consultiva que emitirá la corte sobre la emergencia climática y los derechos humanos.

CBP Violations of Custody Standards and Human Rights of Individuals Detained in Open-Air Detention Sites in the San Diego Sector Require Immediate Attention to Save Lives

Human Rights Body Submission
Dec 11, 2023

Seven immigrant rights organizations lodged an urgent federal complaint with the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) concerning gross human rights violations by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which has held people seeking asylum in squalid, unsafe open-air detention sites along the U.S.-Mexico border in California.