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Drafting Asylum Brief

As part of the preparation for your client’s hearing, you may draft a pre-hearing brief. This page contains sample briefs on a range of issues.

NOTE that as of February 20, 2020, pre-hearing briefs in Immigration Court are limited to 25 pages.



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Sample Brief--Political Claim

Immigration Justice Campaign
A sample brief for our fictional client, Julian Ngongbo.

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Sample Index of Submissions

Immigration Justice Campaign
A sample index of exhibits in support of an asylum application.

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Sample Withholding of Removal: Nicaraguan Political Case

Immigration Justice Campaign
Sample brief from a client eligible only for withholding of removal and Convention Against Torture protection.

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Sample Asylum Brief: Particular Social Group

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
This brief is for an asylum claim by a Guatemalan woman who faced death threats from a gang. The grounds for asylum articulated are two particular social groups: testifying prosecutorial witnesses, and Guatemalan women.

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Sample Asylum Brief: Political Opinion

University of Wisconsin Law School Immigrant Justice Clinic
A sample asylum brief. The claim involves a political dissident in Cuba who was persecuted on account of his political opinion.

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Sample Asylum Brief: Political Opinion

Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative
A sample brief in a political-opinion-based asylum claim.

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Sample Convention Against Torture Brief: Transgender Mexican Woman

Immigration Justice Campaign
A sample brief from a Convention Against Torture case involving a transgender Mexican woman. This sample can be used when your client is not eligible for asylum or withholding of removal.

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Sample Asylum Brief: Particular Social Group and Political Opinion

Catholic Charities Community Services
This brief is for an asylum claim by a Honduran woman who faced death threats from a gang. The grounds for asylum articulated are a family based particular social group and political opinion.