Escalating violence is making the threat of COVID-19 even more worrying in the DRC, home to the largest internally displaced population in Africa and half a million refugees, according to the UN Refugee Agency.

COVID-19’s arrival in refugee camps will present a “nightmare within a nightmare,”The Washington Post reports.   Refugee camps’ isolation has delayed COVID-19’s arrival so far, but once it get inside, there’s no such thing as “social distancing.”  

Thousands of desperate asylum seekers are being arrested, shot at, and tear-gassed this week as they attempt to enter Greece by land and by sea. One child has died, according to Médecins Sans Frontières.   Greece has suspended asylum applications and is deporting those who…

Immigrant children held by the Office of Refugee Resettlement receive mandatory therapy sessions. In 2018, ORR agreed to share information with ICE, including therapists' notes that could become “prosecutorial weapons” in court filings. Minors who admit to witnessing gang…

As Syrian government-led forces close their grip on Idlib—the last rebel-held enclave—they are pushing hundreds of thousands of Syrians into cold, overcrowded camps, Al Jazeera reports

 Ahead of President Trump’s State of the Union address last night, voters made it clear that they wanted him to talk health care, according to a poll released toThe Hill.  

Medical evidence corroborates the accounts of US asylum seekers stranded in Tijuana, Physicians for Human Rights doctors say in a new report. They interviewed 18 people from Mexico and Central America—a “medical snapshot”—and documented physical and psychological evidence…

Protests have erupted after a fire yesterday in Greece’s infamous, overcrowded Moria refugee camp killed at least 1 woman and possibly her child, BBC reports.     The Lesbos camp only has capacity for 3,000 people, but houses more than 12,000.   The UN urged Greece to…

Poor conditions at US border facilities increase the risk of spreading infectious diseases like the flu, physicians warned this morning in a letter urging Congress to investigate the deaths of 6 children in US custody. Noting that flu played a role in at least 3 deaths,…

Venezuela’s refugee crisis is second only to Syria’s—but receives a fraction of the attention and funding. This is more than “compassion fatigue”—it also has to do with perception, writes Cynthia J. Arnson, director of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Latin American Program.…