Refugee, Immigrant and Asylum Issues

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Immigrant Rights
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
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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.

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

"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
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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

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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