USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

Refugee Rights

Our Philosophy

USCRI is committed to upholding the rights of refugees.  These rights are based on international laws and treaties that allow for recognition before the law, freedom of movement, and the ability to become self-reliant through work and educational opportunity.  Our Warehousing Campaign calls attention to these rights when they are violated by host countries and the international community.  As part of this campaign and as a commitment to international standards, USCRI partners with more than 400 civil society groups around the world to advocate for the rights of displaced people and those who are migrating. 

International Partnerships
USCRI's International Partnerships enhance our ability to advocate, protect, and provide direct services to persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide.
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Warehousing Campaign
USCRI calls attention to the practice of denying refugees their rights such as freedom of movement, access to basic services, and the right to earn a living.
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Recent Reports

"Cartagena +30 Initiative- International Protection and Effective Integration: Recommendations of Civil Society for the Current Dimensions of Asylum and Statelessness in Latin America and the Caribbean"
"Iniciativa Cartagena +30 -La protección internacional y la efectiva integración: recomendaciones de la sociedad civil frente a las dimensiones actuales del asilo y la apatridia en América Latina y El Caribe" 

USCRI collaborated with fellow non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working with refugees in the Americas to issue this report.  It provides an examination of best practices and ongoing protection concerns in 14 countries in the region.  The 30th anniversary of the Cartagena Declaration of Refugees this year, provided an opportune time for this examination.  This report is the result of extensive research, refugee focus groups and interviews NGOs in the region working with refugees.  

You can access the English Executive Summary of the report here 
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You can access the entire report in Spanish here
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Report on Refugee Status Determination in Latin America
"Refugee Status Determination in Latin America:  Regional Challenges and Opportunities.  The national systems in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Mexico."

This report is a joint effort with the support of four NGOs in the region: the Asociación de Consultores y Asesores Internacionales (ACAI) from Costa Rica, the Instituto Migrações e Direitos Humanos (IMDH) from Brazil, Sin Fronteras IAP from Mexico, and la Facultad de Derecho y el Consultorio Jurídico de la Universidad de los Andes from Colombia. The report focuses on national systems of Refugee Status Determination (RSD) in five countries: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Mexico; and provides a review of national frameworks centering attention on due process, access to information, appeals mechanisms and abbreviated RSD Procedures.

You can access the report in English here
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You can access the report in Spanish here
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USCRI Ethiopia Briefing: Implementation of the Out of Camp Scheme for Eritrean Refugees
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