President’s Budget Request Would Harm Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Washington, D.C.— Human Rights First today called on Congress to reject President Trump’s budget proposals that target refugees and asylum seekers. The president’s proposed budget that was submitted to Congress today would support a decrease in overall refugee admissions, major cuts to refugee assistance, and a dramatic increase in funding for border agents, immigration detention, deportation, and the construction of a wall on the Southern border.

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Duterte White House Invitation is a Failure of U.S. Leadership on Human Rights

New York City–Human Rights First today condemned President Trump’s invitation to the White House of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Since taking office less than a year ago, Duterte has overseen a so-called “war on drugs” that has resulted in the extrajudicial killing of thousands of Filipino men and women, as well as credible reports of unlawful detentions and torture. Duterte has frequently spoken favorably of murder and rape, saying at one point that he would be “happy to slaughter” more of his countrymen, and comparing himself positively to Hitler.

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Former State Department Official Joins Human Rights First as Senior Vice President for Policy

New York City—Human Rights First announced today that former Obama Administration senior official Rob Berschinski has joined the organization as its new Senior Vice President for Policy. Berschinski is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor with extensive experience in national security and foreign policy. He will lead the organization’s efforts to advance a U.S.

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