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The Asylum and Immigration Court System Backlogs – The Impact on Refugee Protection and Access to Counsel

Date: 
May 24, 2016 - 12:45pm to 2:30pm

The Association of Pro Bono Counsel

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The Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo) and Human Rights First will host an event to discuss  the impact of asylum and immigration court system backlogs in the wake of Human Rights First’ recently released report “In the Balance: Backlogs Delay Protection in the U.S. Asylum and Immigration Court Systems.” The world now faces the greatest refugee crisis since World War II, and the need for effective, timely and fair U.S. processing of asylum claims could not be greater. But the U.S. asylum and immigration court systems are leaving asylum seekers in limbo for years, undermining the recruitment of pro bono legal counsel and prolonging the separation of refugee families.

After a brief presentation of the report’s findings, two former officials will comment on the backlogs, the resulting challenges, and the potential to address the issue. This introductory reflection will be followed by a panel discussion with current government officials on the impact of the backlogs on pro bono counsel and potential steps for addressing these challenges.

Location: 

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
900 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 20001

Welcome Remarks:

Eleanor Acer (Moderator)
Senior Director of Refugee Protection, Human Rights First

Opening Presentation on Human Rights First Report Findings:

B. Shaw Drake
Equal Justice Works Fellow, Human Rights First

Reflections:

Doris Meissner
Senior Fellow and Director, U.S. Immigration Policy Program, Migration Policy Institute
Former Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)

Julie Myers Wood
Chief Executive Officer, Guidepost Solutions LLC
Former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement under President George W. Bush
Commission Member, American Bar Association Commission on Immigration

Panel Discussion:

Steven H. Schulman
Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Former President and Board Member, Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo)

Barbara J. Leen
Counsel to the Director, Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Department of Justice

Print Maggard
Deputy Chief Immigration Judge, Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Department of Justice

Ted Kim
Deputy Chief, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Asylum Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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