This Migration Policy Institute (MPI) panel discussion, in partnership with the Women's Refugee Commission, focuses on a new toolkit by the Women's Refugee Commission to provide detained and deported immigrants as well as unauthorized mothers and fathers with crucial information to protect and maintain their parental rights and make well-informed, critical decisions regarding the care and welfare of their children. In addition, speakers discuss the broader policy points surrounding detention and child protection issues and the implications for the immigration enforcement and child welfare systems. Speakers include Director Michelle Brane and Senior Program Officer Emily Butera of the Women's Refugee Commission Migrant Rights and Justice Program as well as Deputy Assistant Director of Custody Programs Andrew Lorenzen-Strait with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The discussion is moderated by Doris Meissner, Director of MPI's U.S. Immigration Policy Program. To view the toolkit online, click here: womensrefugeecommission.org/programs/migrant-rights/parental-rights/toolkit-and-educational-resources+ More details
This Migration Policy Institute panel discussion, presented in cooperation with the Greek Embassy, explores how the 2014 Greek Presidency of the European Union and the United States can work to address the challenges of managing migration while meeting humanitarian obligations and nurturing economic growth. Speakers are: Ambassador of Greece to the United States Christos P. Panagopoulos; U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne Richard; MPI CEO Michael Fix; and moderator Demetrios G. Papademetriou, the President of MPI. As the 2014 Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union works to formulate the European Union’s next five-year program, two interconnected challenges have come to the fore: building a comprehensive migration system whose parts work harmoniously to meet humanitarian obligations and nurture economic growth and social cohesion, and doing so with very limited resources. Europe is not alone in the difficulties it faces in meeting these goals—and in fact shares many of these challenges with the United States. This discussion bridges these critical themes and offer ideas on how to manage more effectively the opportunities and responsibilities migration writ large creates. For more information, visit http://www.migrationpolicy.org+ More details
The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) is one of four 2013 winners of the Migration Policy Institute’s E Pluribus Unum Prize honoring exceptional immigrant integration initiatives. For more than 25 years, MIRA has been the leading organization in New England promoting the rights and successful integration of immigrants and refugees. MIRA’s leadership was essential to the state’s adoption in 2008 of a New Americans Agenda with 131 recommendations for improving the integration of foreign-born residents of the Commonwealth. Partially in response, MIRA in 2011 launched its New Americans Integration Institute, which works through policy-oriented research, training, and stakeholder partnerships to push forward the development of policies and programs that promote the integration of immigrants and refugees across Massachusetts. In this video, MPI’s Margie McHugh and Michael Fix along with MIRA’s Eva Millona and Jeffrey Gross discuss the Coalition’s work and what makes it exceptional. For more on the E Pluribus Unum Prize and MIRA’s work, visit: http://www.migrationinformation.org/integrationawards/winners-MIRA.cfm+ More details
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