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Discussion: Expedited Removal and Detention of Asylum Seekers — New Research and Reports

August 3, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am

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

Jones Day
300 New Jersey Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20001
(Building has two entrances. Please use the NJ Avenue entrance.)

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Welcoming Remarks

Laura K. Tuell

Firm-wide Head of Pro Bono, Jones Day



Elizabeth Cassidy                      

Co-Director for Policy and Research at USCIRF

Tiffany Lynch

Senior Policy Analyst at USCIRF

Olga Byrne
Senior Associate in Refugee Protection at Human Rights First


Panel Moderator

Eleanor Acer

Senior Director of Refugee Protection at Human Rights First


Mary Giovagnoli

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Immigration Policy at the Department of Homeland Security

Mark Hetfield

President and CEO of HIAS

Director of USCIRF’s comprehensive 2005 study on expedited removal and detention of asylum seekers

Leslie Vélez

Senior Protection Officer (Head, U.S. Protection) at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Regional Office in Washington, D.C. 

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