The refugee office’s new policy tries to block young immigrant women from accessing safe, legal abortion

A new policy introduced by the Trump administration requires immigrants under the age of 18 who are in ORR’s custody to get government approval to access safe, legal abortion. The policy — which violates the constitutional right to abortion — has been used to deny every request made so far.

In a clear overreach of power, the refugee office director receives a weekly updated spreadsheet on the condition of every pregnant teen in custody.


The measure affects the hundreds of pregnant, undocumented immigrant women who are in ORR’s custody every year.

These women, who are age 17 or younger, are often alone and facing language and cultural barriers.

This is my life, my decision. I want a better future. I want justice.


17-year-old rape survivor initially denied abortion access by the Office of Refugee Resettlement