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Fair Hearings and Access to Asylum is Under Attack

October 30, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Fair Hearings and Access to Asylum is Under Attack:
A Discussion on Immigration Court Backlogs and Due Process

Today, Jeff Sessions and the Trump Administration continue to use damaging and factually inaccurate rhetoric when discussing the asylum system. This rhetoric has the potential to upend serious discussions about necessary reforms that will ensure access to fair hearings for those in need.

Please join Human Rights First and a panel of legal experts for a lunchtime discussion on the real-world impact of immigration court changes, proposed changes, and backlogs on access to counsel, access to asylum, due process and fairness. The panel will discuss the findings of our new report—Tilted Justice: Backlogs Grow While Fairness Shrinks in U.S. Immigration Courts—highlighting how Trump Administration policies have exacerbated the court backlog; risk rushed proceedings; and undermine access to counsel, asylum, and fairness at the immigration courts. 

Panelists will also address new challenges that your clients may face as they seek refuge here in the United States.

Welcoming Comments:
A Tribute in Memory of Juan P. Osuna 
Julie McEvoy
Partner, Jones Day
Former Deputy Associate Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice (2012-2015)
Eleanor Acer
Senior Director, Refugee Protection, Human Rights First 
Panel Discussion:
Olga Byrne
Senior Associate, Refugee Protection, Human Rights First 
Hardy Vieux
Legal Director, Human Rights First
Wendy Young 
President, Kids in Need of Defense
Karen T. Grisez
Special Counsel, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Special Advisor to ABA 
Commission on Immigration 
Steven Schulman
Pro Bono Partner, Akin Gump
Co-chair, Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo) Immigration Task Force
Lunch will begin at 12:15
The Offices of Jones Day
51 Louisiana Avenue NW,
Washington, D.C.