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Pro Bono Library Items Archive

Pro Bono Library Tag: Asylum
  • November 2019 Pro Bono Briefing and Training: VAWA Nuts and Bolts, plus Late Breaking Updates

    • Publication Date: November 25, 2019
    • Pro Bono Library Categories: Webinars
    • Pro Bono Library Tags: Asylum, VAWA

    Tahirih Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone and Director of Legal and Social Services Kursten Phelps review litigation updates, proposed rules related to USCIS fees, fee waivers, and asylum applicant work authorization applications, and an interim final rule implementing “safe third country” agreements for asylum seekers. At the 36:36 mark, Kursten Phelps reviews practical, introductory information on the nuts and bolts of filing a VAWA self-petition for immigrant survivors who are abused by their U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident spouses.

    Update: After this webinar was recorded, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California in Seattle v. DHS enjoined DHS from requiring use of the 10/24/19 edition of Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver. That edition has been removed from the USCIS forms website.  USCIS has reverted to requiring the 03/13/18 edition of Form I-912 until further notice.  USCIS will also accept prior editions or a written request.   Please consult with your Tahirih mentor attorney for advice on which version of the I-912 form you should use in your case.

    You can access the recorded webinar here.

  • Pro Bono Briefing: Overview and Practice Pointers on the Newest Asylum Ban and Expansion of Expedited Removal

    Update: After recording this briefing, the Supreme Court on September 11, 2019, stayed the Northern District of California’s preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the asylum ban rule, allowing the rule to take effect pending litigation on the merits.

    Tahirih’s Legal and Social Services Director Kursten Phelps and Litigation Counsel Richard Caldarone walk you through the administration’s moves to ban asylum for almost everyone arriving at the southern border, and to expand authority to remove large numbers of people without getting a day in court, what it means for your clients, and strategies for your cases.

    You can access the recorded webinar here.

  • Asylum (Defensive) Brief (Political Opinion, Fourth Circuit)

    This is a sample defensive gender-based asylum brief filed in an immigration court in the Fourth Circuit. The principal claim is based on political opinions.

  • Sample Annotated Asylum Table of Contents: Guatemala

    This is a sample annotated asylum table of contents for country conditions in Guatemala.

  • Sample Annotated Asylum Table of Contents: Honduras

    This is a sample annotated asylum table of contents for country conditions in Honduras.

  • Sample Annotated Asylum Table of Contents: El Salvador

    This is a sample annotated asylum table of contents for country conditions in El Salvador.

  • Annotated Table of Contents of Central American Asylum Country Conditions

    The Temple Law School and Washington Office of Latin America (WOLA) are launching a resource for attorneys preparing asylum cases by providing information on country conditions in Central America. Click here or on link in the PDF to enter your information to access the site.