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"Children were being punished for normal kid stuff" [This Week's Voices]
February 29, 2008 by Kate Sands Adams
|Photo: Michelle Brané/Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children|
|A weekly round-up of notable quotes in the news and on the Web:
- Michelle Brané, director of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children's detention and asylum program, speaking with The New Yorker for an article about the effects of U.S. detention policies on immigrant families.
- Angelina Jolie, actor and UNHCR Goodwill ambassador, in an editorial in today's Washington Post about the Iraqi refugee crisis. The International Rescue Committee honored Jolie and António Guterres, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, with the 2007 Freedom Award last November.
“Unless they are already outside of Iraq and have made their way through the refugee program on their own merits, it’s very, very difficult for us to unify families. It is going to be a long wait.”
- Susan Donovan, IRC;s resettlement director in Charlottesville, telling The Daily Progress about the difficulties Iraqi refugee families have staying together.
“These casualties are the result of civil war, lack of a stable government and the collision of warring factions, including Hutus from neighboring Rwanda.”