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2012-02-19 11:02:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, February 17, 2012, as a goodwill gesture, 400 Iranian dissidents residing in Camp Ashraf in Iraq since 1986, many with families and relatives in the United States, began their relocation from Camp Ashraf, their home of 25 years, to Camp Liberty, a former U.S. military base near Baghdad international airport, even though minimum guarantees for their safety and security have not been provided by the Iraqi Government or...

2012-02-19 07:02:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A humanitarian tragedy unfolds as the Iraqi military and police harass and threaten 397 Iranian dissidents relocated to Camp Hurriya, a former American military base. They are the first of 3,400 residents of Camp Ashraf. How Iraq, UN, EU, and the United States act is a litmus test for whether the rest of the residents of Camp Ashraf relocate. Professor Raymond Tanter, former member of the National Security Council staff in the...

2012-02-03 19:00:34

Refugee children have scant access to medical care and are particularly vulnerable to disease. Fresh research results from the University of Copenhagen show that just a few hours of schooling a week may have a pronounced positive impact on their health not only in childhood but later in life when they achieve adulthood. "There is an unambiguous link between health and schooling among refugee groups as they flee," says external Associate Professor Tania Dræbel, PhD from the...

2012-02-02 11:49:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR), representing thousands of Iran-Americans whose loved-ones reside in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, condemns the reckless and potentially harmful assertions made in the January 31 statement issued by Ambassador Martin Kobler, head of United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Iraq. USCCAR warns that Mr. Kobler should not become a...

2012-02-01 08:30:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jesuit Refugee Service/USA invites groups at high schools, colleges, universities and parishes to hold full theatrical productions or dramatic readings of the play Imago Dei: Journeys of Courage, Hope & Home. The documentary theater piece was written and produced by the students of Jesuit High School of Sacramento for JRS/USA and is now available for production by other interested groups. (Logo:...

2012-01-10 12:24:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), a relief and development organization based in the D.C. metro area, announced today its humanitarian effort to assist nearly 5,500 displaced Syrian refugees in Jordan. According to the latest estimates by the United Nations, more than 5,000 civilians have been killed as a result of the escalating violence in Syria. Neighboring countries are witnessing a mass influx of refugees fleeing the crippling violence and...

2011-12-16 08:00:00

BALTIMORE, Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Although facing nearly $1 trillion in federal budget deficits, Congress is on track to increase immigration detention spending in FY 2012 by over $150 million. This morning the House of Representatives unveiled H.R. 3671, a "megabus" FY 2012 appropriations bill negotiated with the Senate that includes funding through September 30, 2012, for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a number of other federal agencies. H.R. 3671...

2011-11-28 15:10:04

Refugees who have fled Burma to live in Oakland, Calif., are at risk of becoming a permanent, poverty-stricken underclass warns a new report released today by researchers at San Francisco State University and the Burma Refugee Family Network (BRFN). The report found that almost 60 percent of Oakland's refugees from Burma are living in extreme poverty. Since 2007, thousands of refugees from war-torn Burma have been resettled by the U.S. federal government and an estimated 400 individuals...

2011-11-23 08:10:00

This Thanksgiving holiday, youth members of Rocket21 (the new social network where kids explore amazing possibilities for their lives and futures) will expand their knowledge of global issues and social justice while giving thanks and engaging in philanthropy, through a partnership with i-ACT, (whose innovative technology fosters interaction between genocide victims and their supporters). San Francisco and Redondo Beach, CA (PRWEB) November 23, 2011 This Thanksgiving holiday, youth members...

2011-11-15 09:31:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Jack Leslie, chairman of Weber Shandwick, one of the world's leading global public relations firms, will be honored for his work with refugees at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) agency's 60th anniversary gala in New York City tonight. The USA for UNHCR event will commemorate the lifesaving accomplishments of the UN Refugee Agency while honoring Leslie, ABC News correspondent JuJu Chang, and Farooq Kathwari, Chairman,...