Researching Specific Issues in Asylum Law

Throughout the asylum representation you will need to research various aspects of asylum law. The resources below address asylum law generally, as well as selected specific issues.


Overview of Asylum, Withholding, and CAT


Practice
Guide

Pitfalls in Asylum Cases

Immigration Justice Campaign
A must-read for anyone working on asylum case, this brief practice guide summarizes the major bars to asylum and provides examples of factors in your client's case that would warrant further research and analysis as to whether a bar might apply.

Article

Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Protection Under the Convention Against Torture

American Immigration Lawyers Association
A comprehensive and detailed overview of asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture.

Particular Social Groups


Podcast
65 Min.

How to Succeed With a Family-Based Asylum Claim in the Aftermath of Matter of L-E-A-

American Immigration Lawyers Association
The recent Attorney General decision in Matter of L–E–A– addresses the question of whether persecution based on family ties qualifies as grounds for asylum. While the AG’s decision is disappointing, it does not bar all family-based particular social group (PSG) claims for asylum. The expert faculty in this audio seminar break down the AG’s decision and provide tips on how to respond to Matter of L–E–A– in your asylum cases.

Article

Post Matter of A-B- Particular Social Group Asylum Strategies

American Immigration Lawyers Association
A thorough analysis of the impact of Matter of A-B- and practice tips for how best to craft and argue particular social groups in light of that case.

Practice
Guide

Practice Pointer: Matter of L-E-A-

Catholic Legal Immigration Network
On July 29, 2019, the Attorney General issued a decision, Matter of L-E-A-, which attempts to limit the availability of asylum to people whose persecution is based on their family relationships. This practice advisory is crucial for anyone whose client fears such persecution; it walks through what the decision does and does not say, and offers strategies and practice tips on addressing the decision.

Article

Asylum Law Updates on Particular Social Groups

American Immigration Lawyers Association
In this September 2018 article, three asylum law experts discuss recent jurisprudence on particular social groups in asylum cases and provide suggestions and guidance on how best to frame social group arguments.

Webinar
85 Min.

Framing "Particular Social Groups" in Asylum Cases

Immigration Justice Campaign
This webinar was recorded at an in-person training hosted by the Immigration Justice Campaign on November 13, 2018 in New York City. Expert practitioners Anna Byers, Jeffrey Chase, and Anju Gupta discuss the development of the case law around the "particular social group" ground for asylum, and offer practical tips and strategies on how best to frame and present asylum claims based on a particular social group.

Practice
Guide

Matter of A-B- Considerations

Immigrant Legal Resource Center
A practice advisory summarizing the Attorney General's June 2018 decision, Matter of A-B-, and offering strategies for handling asylum claims, especially those involving domestic violence or gangs, in light of that decision.

Webinar
105 Min.

Matter of A-B-: Case Updates, Current Trends, and Suggested Strategies

AILA Asylum and Refugee Committee
Seven months after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued Matter of A-B- , expert practitioners discuss how the decision has been implemented, trends at all levels of adjudication, and legal arguments and strategies for a post-A-B- world.

Withholding of Removal


Practice
Guide

Withholding-Only Toolkit

Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center and Penn State Law
A hands-on, practical guide to representing clients in withholding of removal and Convention Against Torture claims.

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