On August 3rd the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and Human Rights First will host a breakfast discussion on the impact of expedited removal and detention policies on individuals seeking asylum in the United States, as well as recommended reforms. With President Obama set to host a Leaders’ Summit in September to address the global refugee crisis, participants will identify ways that the United States can lead by example in terms of its treatment of asylum seekers who request protection at U.S. airports and borders.
The event coincides with the release of two new reports: “Barriers to Protection: The Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal” from USCIRF and “Lifeline on Lockdown: Increased U.S. Detention of Asylum Seekers” from Human Rights First. The morning will begin with brief presentations of the reports’ findings and recommendations, touching on issues including initial interviews, access to information and counsel, the credible fear process, detention conditions, and release mechanisms such as parole, bond and custody hearings. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion featuring experts, officials, and advocates.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Breakfast & Coffee: 8:45 AM – 9:00 AM
Event: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
300 New Jersey Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20001
(Building has two entrances. Please use the NJ Avenue entrance.)
Laura K. Tuell
Firm-wide Head of Pro Bono, Jones Day
Co-Director for Policy and Research at USCIRF
Senior Policy Analyst at USCIRF
Senior Associate in Refugee Protection at Human Rights First
Senior Director of Refugee Protection at Human Rights First
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Immigration Policy at the Department of Homeland Security
President and CEO of HIAS
Director of USCIRF’s comprehensive 2005 study on expedited removal and detention of asylum seekers
Senior Protection Officer (Head, U.S. Protection) at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Regional Office in Washington, D.C.