Publications

US: Transgender Women Abused in Immigration Detention

Transgender women face a harsh reality in immigration detention in the United States, including sexual assault, harassment, being held in men’s facilities, lack of access to appropriate medical treatment, and indefinite solitary confinement. Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) report of 23 March 2016, “‘Do You See How Much I’m Suffering Here?’: Abuse against Transgender Women in…

“Time to act” on double standards for sexual violence

By Sonya Sceats, Director of Policy & Advocacy at Freedom from Torture On Tuesday 12 April, the Lords Select Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict issued a progress report on the UK’s global sexual violence initiative. Charities working with refugees in the UK including Freedom from Torture and Asylum Aid say the Home Office is jeopardising the…

Victims of trafficking suffer from long-term mental ill-health

Women who have been trafficked for sexual or labour exploitation continue to experience high rates of mental illness including depression, anxiety, PTSD and suicidal thoughts, many months after leaving their traffickers. New research published in April by King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine confirms that mental and physical health…

Lebanese authorities break sex trafficking ring exploiting Syrian women

Sex traffickers are taking advantage of the catastrophic Syrian war and are exploiting Syrian women who are desperately trying to leave their country. The Associated Press (AP) has reported that the Lebanese authorities have broken a sex trafficking ring which had exploited 75 Syrian women for nearly two months. The traffickers persuaded the young women…

Women’s Asylum News 135

In this issue of Women’s Asylum News, it’s “Time to Act” on double standards for survivors of sexual violence, the long-term mental health struggles of women survivors of different types of trafficking, and issues affecting trans women in detention.  Click the image below to read!  

UN Commission on the Status of Women: a missed opportunity

The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) met in March 2016 and called on UN member states to “address sexual and gender-based violence as an integral and prioritized part of every humanitarian response”. But it failed to provide strong language on the issue of refugee women and girls, reports Open Democracy. Recent reports…

Refugee Rights Data Project: Calais survey reveals women at risk

Nearly half of women residing in the Calais settlement camp report that they never feel safe, and many have experienced violence by police and non-police citizens. The Refugee Rights Data Project has collected first-hand independent data regarding the situation in the Calais refugee camp. The data is intended to ‘plug the gap’ on information relating…