Asylum Advocacy in Times of Crisis (30188). 2 units, graded or credit/fail. This course is designed to give students an opportunity to learn about asylum law, the immigration system, and lawyering in a crisis, in theory and in practice. Students enrolled in the seminar will each be assigned the case of a refugee client seeking asylum or other fear-based relief in the United States. They will work under the supervision of a private attorney working with the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project to represent their client in Immigration Court, before the Board of Immigration Appeals, or in courts of appeals. During two-hour weekly seminar sessions, we will examine the current refugee crisis involving families fleeing violence in Central America; study legal efforts to fight back against the growing immigration detention system; and explore novel strategies for accommodating trauma-based disabilities in direct representation settings. Readings will consider the social, political and historical context for the current crisis; examine models of trauma-informed client representation; and discuss current developments in U.S. immigration detention and surveillance. The course will also teach necessary practical skills, including client counseling, working with medical experts, and providing legal services to clients with PTSD or mental illness. Seminar time will also include opportunities to reflect with peers. Enrollment limited to eight to twelve. Permission of the instructor required. M. Mendez.
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