From U.S. Homeland Security 9/13/2017     The New York Times     The Washington Post       The Conversation


The America Team in Action

The America Team conducts most of its operations confidentially.  Increasingly, however, the general nature of our work has come into the public eye, as exemplified by the following developments:

     1. Our president, John Stauffer, was quoted in The New York Times on May 5, 2015.

     2. John led a panel of experts in a discussion of Eritrean refugees at the United Nations High  Commissioner for Refugees’ annual Consultations for    Non-Governmental Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland on July 2, 2015.  The meeting was attended by NGOs from many countries.  DOWNLOAD THE 2-PAGE SUMMARY ON ERITREAN REFUGEES.

     3. John testified before the United States House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations in Washington, DC on July 9, 2015.  SEE THE TESTIMONY.

     4. John was quoted in The New Yorker magazine in its December 12, 2016 edition.

     5. We are pleased to announce that a one-hour documentary film, REFUGEE: The Eritrean Exodus, has been produced by the film company Tailor Made Media, was released in early 2016, and is now available on DVD and Blu-ray disc.  It tells the story of Eritrean refugees – the nightmare from which they’re fleeing, the challenges and horrors they encounter on their flight to freedom, and much more.  The America Team assisted in the video’s production.  Many viewers have found the video compelling.  The trailer for the film is available on the video’s web site: Also on that site, DVD/Blu-ray Disc sets can be ordered, and community screenings can be arranged.  We encourage you to see the film! 

     6. John led a panel of survivors and relatives of victims of abuse in Eritrea, in a discussion at the United Nations in New York on October 26, 2017 in conjunction with the Interactive Dialogue by Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Eritrea Sheila Keetharuth with the General Assembly — see:  Press Release for Latest Perspective on Human Rights in Eritrea. 

     7. John was quoted in The Conversation on November 23, 2017 regarding the announced intention of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to deport some 700 Eritreans to Eritrea, where they would likely face torture or execution.

      8. On December 11, 2017, The America Team sent a letter — in which 78 other NGOs joined as additional signatories — to the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, the U.S. Secretary of State, the acting director of U.S  Customs and Immigration Enforcement, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and the four leading members of Congress tasked with immigration oversight, urging that the threatened deportation of some 700 Eritreans, under the Department of Homeland Security’s order of September 13, 2017, be suspended until Eritrea is safe for their return.  The letter can be viewed here.



Current Items and Reports from Credible Sources, Pertaining to Eritrea and Eritrean Refugees and Asylum Seekers

UN Expert Panel Cites Crimes Against Humanity Committed by Eritrean Authorities Dating Back 25 Years

UN News Centre                      October 29, 2016

Remembering the Eritrean Dream on Independence Day

AlJazeera                                            May 24, 2017

Threat of Expulsion Hangs Over Thousands of Eritreans who Sought Refuge in Israel and the US

The Conversation             November 23, 2017

Israel Offers to Pay African Migrants to Leave, Threatens Jail

Reuters                                        January 3, 2018

Face to Face with the Eritrean Exodus into Ethiopia

IRIN News                         March 17, 2017

Italy Gives an Emergency Contribution to UNICEF to Support Food Aid for Children in Eritrea

Franesina                         June 10, 2017

Mandate of UN Special Rapporteur on Eritrea Extended through Resolution in Human Rights Council

Europe External Policy Advisors (EEPA) 

                                         July 2, 2017

Press Release from the Special Rapporteur, UN/New York                               

October 27, 2017

About the Special Rapporteur

UK Judges Deem Eritrea Unsafe for Migrants’ Return as Home Office Advice Rebutted

The Guardian                    October  21, 2016

160 Christians Arrested During Eritrea’s Fresh Crackdown on Christianity

The Christian Post                     June 29, 2017

EU Parliament Proposes, Adopts Resolution Aimed at Human Eights in Eritrea

The Proposal   The Adopted Text   July 10, 2017

US Immigration Seeks to Send Denied Asylum Seekers Back to Eritrea

DHS Notice   New York Times   Washington Post

September 13, 2017


Report from Eritrea — long audio report

Report from Eritrea — short audio report

BBC ASSIGNMENT                     March 12, 2015

Inside the Secretive State of Eritrea:


BBC from Asmara                       March 16, 2015

Rwanda or Saharonim: Monitoring Report… Asylum Seekers at the Holot Facility

Hotline for Refugees & Migrants  July 17, 2015

US Introduces New Chief of Mission (chargé d’affaires) for Eritrea

US State Department    September 22, 2016

Stories of Abduction, Sexual Violence and Abuse from Migrants and Refugees

Amnesty International                    May 11, 2015

The Mediterranean Crisis — Why People Flee, What the EU Should Do            

Human Rights Watch                      June 19, 2015

UN Releases Report from the Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in Eritrea

UN Human Rights Council              June 8, 2015