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Wayne Smith, Hugo Armendariz et al, v. United States (July 2010). In this ruling, the IACHR found that U.S. deportation policy violates fundamental human rights because "it fails to consider evidence concerning the adverse impact of the destruction of families, the best interest of the children of deportees, and other humanitarian causes." The case involves Wayne Smith and Hugo Armendariz, both lawful permanent residents of the United States for 25 and 35 years respectively, before being deported for nonviolent criminal offenses.


Report on the Human Rights of Migrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers submitted to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (April 2010). The Advocates for Human Rights drafted the US Human Rights Network's cluster report on the Human Rights of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers. The report, endorsed by local and national advocates and activists, identifies key human rights failures of the US immigration system. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a new human rights mechanism administered by the Human Rights Council that acts as a regular review process under the principle that all countries should be treated equally in the assessment of their human rights records.  UPR also provides a forum for States to declare what they have done to forward human rights in their country and acts as a place to share best practices regarding the promotion and protection of human rights.


Protecting Refugees and the Role of UNHCR (2007/2008). United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.


Protecting Overseas Workers: Lessons and Cautions from the Philippines (September 2007). Dovelyn Rannveig Agunias of the Migration Policy Institute and Neil G. Ruiz of The Brookings Institution.


Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (November 2006). U.S. State Department report on trafficking in persons.