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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.

Stop U.S. deportations and abuse against Haitians on the move: An urgent step towards creating just policies for Haitians

Dec 15, 2021

This factsheet describes the crisis Haitian migrants face at the U.S border due to the Title 42 and Remain in Mexico policies and presents policy recommendations to the U.S government, beginning with a moratorium on removals to Haiti.

CGRS Comment in Response to DHS Request for Comments: Procedures for Credible Fear Screening and Consideration of Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and CAT Protection Claims by Asylum Officers

Executive Branch Comment
Oct 19, 2021

We submitted a comment analyzing and urging the Biden administration to withdraw its proposed rule creating a new system for adjudication of asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture (CAT) claims, which undermines U.S. legal obligations to protect refugees.

Urgent Actions the Biden Administration Must Take Following Supreme Court Decision on MPP

Aug 30, 2021

Following a Supreme Court decision blocking the termination of the Remain in Mexico policy, we joined a letter urging the Biden administration to issue a new memo explaining its decision to terminate the policy and to take all lawful and necessary steps to continue the policy's wind-down.