In this report, Elisa Massimino, Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Chair in Human Rights at Georgetown University Law Center, and co-author Alexandra Schmitt discuss how a human rights-focused approach to the global refugee crisis can more effectively protect displaced people. Building upon ideas put forth by The Center for American Progress and U.N. refugee agency, they provide an outline in which governments should take a more comprehensive approach to the protection of people forcibly displaced in order to safeguard human dignity and build a safer, more secure world.
In this report for Just Security, Elisa Massimino , Drinan Chair in Human Rights at Georgetown University Law Center, and co-author Rob Berschinski discuss the need to reform the bureaucratic structures in the federal government in order to enact significant policy changes, notably in the areas of human rights and foreign diplomacy.
In this article written for the Center for American Progress, Elisa Massimino and Co-author Alexandra Schmitt discuss the significant progress that Portugal has made in its Coronoavirus response. In a time when most countries are excluding and marginalizing immigrants, the authors say, Portugal is "exemplifying a smart, pragmatic policy that both respects the rights and dignity of all people and helps minimize spread of the virus." A government order that will remain in effect until at least July 1 ensures that all those have applied for immigration status will be treated as permanent residents, receving access to the national health service, welfare benefits, bank accounts, and work and rental contracts.
The Center for American Progress announced today that Elisa Massimino is joining the organization’s National Security and International Policy team as a senior fellow focusing on human rights.For more than three decades, Massimino has been one of the nation’s foremost human rights advocates and a recognized authority on human rights law and policy. She spent 27 years with Human Rights First, including a decade as the organization’s president and CEO.