The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) and pro bono counsel Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP filed an amicus brief in the case of Osorio-Martinez, et al. v. Sessions, et al., currently pending before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The case concerns the fate of four mothers and children who have been detained at the Berks County family detention center in Leesport, Pennsylvania since 2015.

CGRS joined dozens of refugee advocate organizations in calling on Congress to reject H.R. 2431 (The Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act). The bill, the group’s statement cautions, “undermines our nation’s legal obligations to refugees,” causing undue “harm refugees, asylum seekers, and stateless people fleeing persecution.”

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) applauds a bicameral letter sent yesterday by 9 U.S. Senators and 13 members of the House of Representatives, led by Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, calling for Secretary Kelly of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the mothers and children currently subject to prolonged detention at the Berks County family detention center.