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! 


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

Sudan: Hundreds Deported to Likely Abuse

Human Rights Watch                     June 1, 2016

Video: US House Subcommittee Hearing: Eritrea: A Neglected Regional Threat

US  Congress                     September 14, 2016

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

US State Department    September 22, 2016

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

UN News Centre                   October 29, 2016

UN Commission of Inquiry Report Gets Global Attention

The UN Reports                       June 8, 2016

US State Dept.                          June 10, 2016

The Washington Post            June 11, 2016

UK Court Rules that Eritreans Face “Real Danger” on Return

Refugee Council/UK             October 15, 2016

Face to Face with the Eritrean Exodus into Ethiopia

IRIN News                         March 17, 2017

Eritrea: 15 Years Later — Still no Information on Jailed Senior Politicians and Independent Journalists

UN Human Rights Council     

September 18, 2016

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

The Guardian                    October  21, 2016

The Famine the Eritrean Government Doesn’t Want You to Know About

NewStatesman                      April 19, 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

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