The Center for Gender & Refugees Studies (CGRS) strongly urges DHS Secretary Kelly to continue to offer Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals. Consistent with our deeply rooted humanitarian values, and with bipartisan and wide public support, the United States extended TPS to Haitians following the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. Beneficiaries of this program include women and girls, many of whom faced high rates of sexual violence in displacement camps left by the earthquake that continue to mark the Haitian landscape.

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) decries the decision of the Supreme Court to deny certiorari in the case of Castro v. the Department of Homeland Security. In doing so, the Court upheld a problematic Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision, which denied the constitutional right to of mothers and children detained at the Berks County family detention center to challenge their fast-track deportation through habeas.

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) commends the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals en banc decision in Bringas-Rodriguez v. Sessions, issued today. The ruling reaffirms and expands the availability of asylum and related protection to LGBTQ individuals, survivors of child sexual abuse, and many others. It overturns prior Circuit precedent that narrowed such protection, and directs adjudicators to apply child-sensitive sensitive standards in considering children’s claims. CGRS played a key role in the case as amicus counsel and party, and provided support to Mr. Bringas-Rodriguez’s legal team.