Refugee, Immigrant and Asylum Issues

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Immigrant Rights

Bearing Witness in the Moment: Report from the Immigration Court Observation Project (2020)

This report explores how immigration court observers have been affected by participation in the project and how inviting the public inside the workings of the deportation infrastructure can call into question the workings of that system. It aims to illuminate court observers’ motivations, experiences, perceptions, and recommendations.

>> Click here to download the Full Report.

>> Click here to download the Executive Summary and Recommendations.


Moving from Exclusion to Belonging: Immigrant Rights in Minnesota Today (April 2013)

The Advocates for Human Rights’ groundbreaking report centers on the human rights of refugees and immigrants in Minnesota. The report places its findings and recommendations within the context of state, federal, and international human rights law to identify what is working to promote integration and success, what is failing, and what gaps exist in public policy. Tthe report draws on nearly 200 individual interviews and more than 25 community conversations involving hundreds of people throughout the state. ISBN: 0-929293-75-4
To order a print copy, complete an online order form.  Cost:$25
Available free for download.


Asylum

Gender-Based Asylum Claims in the Wake of Matter of A-B- A Supplement for Practice in the Eighth Circuit (October 2019)

A Practice Advisory for attorneys advocating for domestic violence survivors seeking asylum in the Eighth Circuit. It is meant to help practitioners overcome obstacles to their clients' claims for protection that are presented in the precedential decision Matter of A-B- issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Practice Advisory incorporates lessons learned in the year since the Matter of A-B- decision was issued. Many thanks to Dean Eyler and Amanda McAllister of the law firm Gray Plant Mooty for their significant authorship contributions and for their long-term commitment to the pro bono representation of asylum seekers.

Manual on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-Legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions (Minnesota Protocol) (1991)

The result of several years of analysis, research and drafting undertaken because of the extra-legal, arbitrary and summary executions throughout the world. The manual, greatly facilitated by The Advocates, provides technical advice for meaningful implementation of the Principles adopted by the U.N. Economic and Social Council in the February 1990 session in Vienna. Hard copies available in Arabic and French.

Detention

Immigration Detention and COVID-19: Illuminating Human Rights Concerns in Minnesota Jails (2021) Written in partnership with the James H. Binger Center for New Americans and the Minnesota Immigrant Health Alliance, this report documents how lack of clearly defined standards, oversight, and accountability mechanisms, coupled with a system driven largely by cost and revenue concerns, have led to serious failures relating to health care and safety, solitary confinement, and due process.  

Hidden from View: Human Rights Conditions in the Krome Detention Center  (1991)
Examines the conditions of confinement and standards of operation of The Immigration and Naturalization Service's Krome Avenue Detention Center in South Dade County, Florida, a minimum security short term facility that houses detained aliens and has been the subject of serious allegations of due process and human rights abuses. ISBN: 0-929293 10-x

Oakdale Detention Center: The First Year of Operation (1987)
Provides an account of the human rights conditions at the Oakdale Federal Alien Detention Center in Oakdale Louisiana, during its first year of operation. The improper, illegal and sometimes cruel treatment of the multinational alien detainees is documented and recommendations are given for a more humane approach to undocumented immigration. ISBN: 0-929293 17-7

Diasporas
Human Rights in Ethiopia: Through the Eyes of the Oromo Diaspora  (2009)
The report highlights a continuing and pervasive pattern of human rights violations in Ethiopia based on documentation from Oromos in the diaspora. ISBN: 0-929293 65-9
 

Curriculum 
"Energy of a Nation: Immigrants in America" - A Teaching Guide for Grade 8 through Adult
This curriculum is a distinctive, comprehensive guide to teaching students about immigration in the United States. Designed for grade 8- adult audiences, with a module for upper elementary and middle level students, this learning tool provides important fundamental concepts, as well as critical context to elevate students' basic understandings and expand their perspectives. Lesson plans include engaging activities, handouts, fact sheets, PowerPoints, and other materials. ISBN: 0-929293 54-1
To order a print copy, complete an online order form. Cost: $40 


Post-911
Voices from Silence: Personal Accounts of the Long-term Impact of 9/11
Details the impact of 9/11 on the lives of immigrants, refugees, and religious minorities in Minnesota. It documents personal stories of fear and discrimination in a post-9/11 environment and contextualizes them with an overview of laws and policies that have affected these communities. ISBN: 978-0-929293-51-6


Refugees
A House with Two Rooms (2009)
Documents the experience of human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law which forced Liberians to leave the country. It is based on an analysis of more than 1,600 statements, fact-finding interviews, and witness testimony at public hearings held in the U.S. The report also tells the story of the “triple trauma” experienced by members of the diaspora during their flight through Liberia and across international borders, while living in refugee camps in West Africa and in resettlement in the U.S. and U.K. In addition, the report summarizes the views of Liberians in the diaspora on the root causes of the conflict and their recommendations for systemic reform and reconciliation. ISBN: 978-1449508876
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Oakdale Detention Center: The First Year of Operation (1987)
Provides an account of the human rights conditions at the Oakdale Federal Alien Detention Center in Oakdale Louisiana, during its first year of operation. The improper, illegal and sometimes cruel treatment of the multinational alien detainees is documented and recommendations are given for a more humane approach to undocumented immigration. ISBN: 0-929293 17-7