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The Hill: Domestic Violence Survivors Seeking Asylum in U.S. Deserve Our Protection

As thousands have arrived at the southern U.S. border seeking asylum, the Trump administration is exploring even more aggressive steps to curb U.S. immigration. One of the most alarming recent developments is its efforts to close the legal avenues for abused women seeking asylum. Administration officials have blamed the tide of women seeking asylum in the U.S., particularly those from Central America, on overly lenient laws.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions himself has said that immigration courts were “overloaded with fake claims.” Yet now more than ever, we must understand the truth about how these women gain asylum in the U.S., as well as scrutinize why so many of them seek our protection.

Read Dr. Mary Ellsberg's op-ed in The Hill.

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No Safe Place: A lifetime of violence for conflict-affected women and girls in South Sudan

As part of the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls program, funded by the UK Department for International Development, this project is the first of its kind to capture population-based prevalence data on violence against women and girls in a conflict setting. The findings from this groundbreaking study will be used to inform international policy and priorities.

Read the full report, summary report and the policy brief.

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"Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive and under-reported human rights violation in the world."


Mary Ellsberg,
Director, Global Women's Institute

 Mary Ellsberg




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"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful."

Malala Yousafzai




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