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2011-10-27 09:36:00

New report explores how the federal government can enforce smarter, spend less, and preserve dignity BALTIMORE, Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On any given day, 33,400 immigrants, including 1,400 asylum-seekers, are held in a network of more than 250 immigration detention centers across the United States with little or no judicial review or access to a lawyer. Incarceration has become the default means of immigration enforcement and represents a widespread violation of human...

2011-10-25 11:26:00

CHICAGO, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CITGO Petroleum and local CITGO Marketers Parent Petroleum, Graham Enterprises, and the Texor Division of World Fuel Services have named World Relief Chicago a CITGO Fueling Good Summer 2011 winner. Recognized for its ongoing efforts to coordinate legal, educational and employment support for refugees and immigrants, the non-profit organization has been awarded $5,000 in CITGO gift cards to help extend its ripple of good and the impact of its work....

2011-10-18 13:37:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) deplores Iraqi government's nefarious actions which pave the way for another massacre at Camp Ashraf through sabotaging the efforts of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which seeks to ensure the safe and secure resettlement of the residents of Camp Ashraf in third countries. USCCAR calls on President Obama to intervene immediately and compel the Iraqi Prime...

2011-09-27 12:57:00

BALTIMORE, Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- By the thousands, hungry, weary and desperate people continue to arrive at the gates of the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya, seeking refuge from the drought and food crisis that has driven more than 13 million people across East Africa to the brink of starvation. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110927/DC75966 )(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110714/DC35722LOGO ) Fatumah Muhammed Abdi fled to Dadaab with five...

2011-09-02 13:10:00

NAIROBI, KENYA and NEW YORK, Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is visiting refugee camps in Kenya to underscore the urgent needs of women affected by the famine in the Horn of Africa. So far, 12.4 million people have been affected by severe drought in the Horn of Africa. In Somalia, the drought resulted in 3.7 million internally displaced people. The world's largest refugee camp, Dadaab in...

2011-09-01 11:28:00

Lifesaving care will aid starving refugees STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AmeriCares is building and equipping a field hospital for the thousands of refugees fleeing the devastating famine in Somalia. Tens of thousands have already died and officials say 12.4 million people in the Horn of Africa need immediate humanitarian relief from the worst drought in more than a half century. The 4,500-square-foot AmeriCares field hospital will house a therapeutic feeding...

2011-08-04 06:39:48

(Ivanhoe Newswire)--Individuals around the world are internally displaced every year as a result of armed conflict. Residents of Sri Lanka, who were internally displaced during the civil war they experienced in their country from 1983 to 2009, were found to have a higher prevalence of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder. As quoted in the background article of the study, "Nearly 2.7 million individuals worldwide are internally displaced...

2011-08-02 21:01:29

Residents of Sri Lanka who were internally displaced during the civil conflict that occurred in their country from 1983 to 2009 have a higher prevalence of war-related mental health conditions that include depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder, according to a study in the August 3 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on violence and human rights. Armed conflicts may result in displacement of persons seeking refuge in neighboring countries or secure areas of their own country (internal...

2011-07-25 23:25:15

The largest, most comprehensive evidence-based guidelines to immigrant health "” designed to help Canadian physicians meet the unique needs of this group "” are being published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Immigrant and refugee health needs may differ significantly from those of Canadian-born people as they may have been exposed to different diseases, environment and living conditions as well as genetic factors. The guidelines, based on evidence from around the...

2011-07-19 13:39:00

LOS ANGELES, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the humanitarian community declares famine in parts of southern Somalia, increasing numbers of Somalis affected by the drought in East Africa are fleeing across the country's borders in search of food, clean water and shelter. Having delivered health care services since 1992 in the region, International Medical Corps teams on the ground in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya are working rapidly to provide humanitarian relief. Defined by an...