Human Rights for Asylum Seekers

Alex & Megan at Court
The hearing went well, and I felt very prepared. We met our goals- setting a date for C's hearing and noting the asylum eligibility issue on the record. I really wanted to do a good job for C so that she felt confident in our representation of her...and I wanted her to feel safe and protected while walking into court with her team of lawyers.

Megan McKoy, JD '17

Clinic students have represented asylum seekers fleeing persecution from gangs, cartels, and domestic violence.

Clinic Students Win Asylum on Behalf of Central American Refugee

Students developed client and witness declarations, conducted complex legal research, prepared an asylum submission, and represented their client in immigration court. (Deepa Kannappan '16 and Christine Yoon '16)
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Clinic Students Represent Asylum-Seekers at "Rocket Dockets"

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Karlo Dizon, JD '16

"Beginning with context -- the experience gave life to what had otherwise been (at least on my end) only theoretical and abstract notions of the removal apparatus and the individuals undergoing the process."

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Pablo Hernandez, JD '17

"Hearing respondents’ stories is always disconcerting. Our second respondent’s facial cues subtly implied sadness. And she had every reason to feel that way. She was kidnapped in her home country. She then fled with her husband and three kids aged between 10-14. But her husband is detained..."

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Alexa Graumlich, JD '17

"It was nice to have an immediate impact on people and make one part of this long process a little easier."

"When it was our turn to appear before the judge, it felt like something I had done many times before. I was not nervous at all." -- Pablo Hernandez, JD '17

"We've been working on getting asylum for E, a courageous woman from Central America. We knew that in the course of the quarter we would represent E at her first hearing in the United States, file her application for asylum, and schedule her merits hearing." -- Reid Gardner, JD '17, and Alice Hall-Partyka, JD '16

Immigrants’ Rights Clinic Files Lawsuit to Uncover Federal Government Policies on Deportation Procedures for Recent Central American Refugees

The public deserves to know the policies by which the federal government is considering the asylum claims of recent Central American children and families, many of whom have fled horrible persecution abroad.

Jayashri Srikantiah, Director, Immigrants' Rights Clinic

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