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This Blog is Now Dormant

June 9, 2016

It is time for me to announce in writing something that has been obvious for quite awhile. RSDWatch is dormant.

This does not mean that UNHCR’s RSD operations are no longer relevant. Quite the contrary. UNHCR RSD is as central to global refugee protection as ever. Moreover, for UNHCR to do the work it needs to do, UNHCR needs independent people and organizations to disseminate information and critique. UNHCR needs watchdogs, a lot of them. I mean no criticism of UNHCR in this. I would say the same thing about any official body that makes decisions impacting the lives of vulnerable people who have little political voice.

The reforms UNHCR made to its RSD policy this year reflect this situation. The changes are significant and positive, and yet there is a great deal more that must be done.

This is about me. Five years ago I moved back to the United States to teach law and direct the Immigration Clinic at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. For the first time, I was able to practice law in my own country, to invoke the US Constitution, to wonder why immigrants have so much difficulty asserting the rights that my parents and elementary school teachers told me I was supposed to be able to take for granted. I’ve loved it.

I still care about global refugee policy, and I will still engage with it when I think I have something to offer. Some of the people I admire most in this field focused on other issues for various phases of their careers, and have returned to refugee policy later. I hope to follow that path.

If anything, the fact that RSDWatch remains relevant made it more difficult for me to admit to myself that I was no longer doing the job that I set out to do when I started this blog. Running RSDWatch implies an ongoing commitment to provide regularly updated information and commentary. I have not been doing that for awhile.

So, the fact of the matter is, RSDWatch is dormant until further notice.


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