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Crossing Alone: An Untimely Death Without Explanation
Posted on 13 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Gloria Jerónimo Sales cried softly in an autumn rain as she gently wiped splatters of mud from her 17-year-old son's tomb. Mario Morales Jerónimo died in the custody of U.S. government officials nearly three years ago, but his... Read More

ORR to States: You Must Assist Syrian Refugees
Posted on 30 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ORR Dear Colleague Letter 16-02, Nov. 25, 2015 - "States that continue to use ORR funding must ensure that assistance and services are delivered without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex, or political opinion. States may not deny ORR-funded... Read More

Tags: orr , states , refugees , syrian

Flow of Border Immigrants Overwhelming Agencies
Posted on 3 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The steep influx of children and families in particular has caused turmoil within the agency, prompting some Homeland Security officials to agitate internally for a shift. "We're not going to interdict our way out of this problem. More... Read More

Advance Copy of ORR Notice Providing $9M for Direct Legal Representation of UACs
Posted on 1 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Susan Carroll at the Houston Chronicle reports that this Notice [emphasis added] will appear soon in the Federal Register: 4184-45-P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families CFDA Number: 93.676 Announcement... Read More

Bond Hearings Ordered for Detained Refugee Kids: Flores v. Lynch
Posted on 22 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CHR, Jan. 20, 2017 - "The Center for Human Rights, U.C. Davis Law School Legal Clinic, and the Youth Law Center today won a class-wide order compelling the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (ORR) to... Read More

Class Action Challenges Trump, Sessions Attack on Refugee Children
Posted on 21 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NYCLU, Feb. 20, 2018 - "The New York Civil Liberties Union today announced a class action lawsuit against the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for trapping immigrant children in prolonged detention. Though the agency is obligated to promptly... Read More

In-Country Refugee / Parole Processing for CAM (Central American Minors); ORR Benefits, Services
Posted on 3 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

In-Country Refugee/Parole Processing for Minors in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala (Central American Minors – CAM) "The Department of State is pleased to announce a new in-country refugee and parole program for certain qualified minors... Read More

ORR Grant Announcement: Legal Services to Refugees Under the Unaccompanied Alien Children’s Program
Posted on 16 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"HHS is proposing a $9 million direct legal representation project that will provide representation to 2,600 unaccompanied children throughout their immigration proceedings. In order to implement this Departmental priority, ORR is awarding supplemental... Read More

Advance Copy of ORR Announcement: Money for Direct Legal Representation for UACs
Posted on 15 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Unaccompanied Alien Children’s program ensures the appropriate placement of all Department of Homeland Security (DHS) UAC referrals within specified timeframes and requires that a range of custodial/residential shelter care and services... Read More

Advance Copy of HHS Grant Awards: Shelter Care for Unaccompanied Alien Children
Posted on 30 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) announces the award of three urgent single-source grants from the Unaccompanied Alien Children’s Program to KidsPeace in Bethlehem, PA, St. Peter and Joseph Children’s Home in San Antonio, TX... Read More

Habeas Victory Against ORR: Beltrán v. Cardall
Posted on 23 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Beltrán v. Cardall, Case 1:15-cv-00745-JCC-JFA, E.D. Va., Alexandria Div., Nov. 22, 2016 - "In December of 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detained RMB – a minor – and designated him an “unaccompanied alien... Read More

Employment Eligibility Requirements for Asylees, Refugees, and other Populations Served by ORR
Posted on 3 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) funds and administers resettlement programs for refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, foreign victims of severe forms of human trafficking, Lawful Permanent Residents who have held one of those statuses... Read More