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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. If you currently are handling a case through the Immigration Justice Campaign, you are also eligible to access AILA Link, AILA’s premiere online legal research tool. Please consult your Campaign Orientation Manual for details.

Overview of Asylum, Withholding, and CAT


Asylum Grounds Practice Guide

Immigration Justice Campaign
This guide provides a deep dive into the 5 asylum grounds and will help you determine which type of claim to present on behalf of your client.


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.

Withholding of Removal


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.

Convention Against Torture


Qualifying for Protection Under the Convention Against Torture

Immigration Legal Resource Center
This advisory reviews the legal standard for CAT protection. It also provides an overview of seminal Board of Immigration Appeals and federal circuit court decisions that discuss the various elements of a CAT claim.
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