Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (30188). 2 units, credit/fail. The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) at the Urban Justice Center represents refugee families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to flee life-threatening conditions. ASAP uses innovative methods to bring legal aid services to places where there are few or no legal aid lawyers, including border detention facilities and rural communities across the United States. The two-hour weekly seminar will offer students an opportunity to reflect on their learning, collaborate with their peers, and understand the broader context for their work. Classes will cover a range of topics: U.S. asylum law and policy; relevant international law and institutions; political, social, historical, and economic factors underlying the current refugee situation; critical theory relevant to gender, ethnicity, and migration; core skills for client-centered representation; and trauma and secondary trauma. Students will work in teams throughout the semester and handle up to three cases each. Professor Mukherjee will supervise casework associated with the seminar as the attorney of record, in a co-counsel relationship with others, or as a consulting expert. Clients may be located across the United States. Permission of the instructors required. Enrollment limited to between eight and twelve. H.R. Metcalf and E. Mukherjee.
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