Today, in the global arena, more than 65 million people have been forced from their homes, including nearly 21 million who have been formally designated as refugees. Root causes driving forced migration are often overlooked or ignored by governments, and, at times, exacerbated by foreign policies that do not take into account humanitarian impact. The current administration’s narrative, policy changes, and proposals seek to corrode public confidence in the asylum system, demonize asylum seekers, and erode protections for them. In response to these attacks, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) partnered with the Four Freedoms Fund to commission an analysis of challenges to the system and opportunities for intervention. This webinar will explore some key highlights from this analysis. Speakers will address how barriers are being erected at key stages of the U.S. asylum process and identify critical leverage points for philanthropy.
- Conchita Cruz, Co-Founder & Co-Director, Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project
- Eleanor Acer, Senior Director, Human Rights First
- Blaine Bookey, Co-Legal Director, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies