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Sanctuary! Stratagems To Winning In Asylum Practice

The curriculum for our new seminar series "Sanctuary! Stratagems To Winning In Asylum Practice" is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on August 31st: Planning The Case

  • Persecution And Well-Founded Fear Issues
    • Persecution Defined
    • Non-Physical Harm (threats, economic harm, discrimination, etc.)
    • Gender-Based Harm
    • Harm Not Considered to be Persecution (prosecution, civil strife, etc.)
    • Harm to Juveniles
    • Countrywide Persecution (non-governmental persecutors)
    • Changed Conditions
  • Causation and Nexus, the "on account of" issue
    • Proving "Circumstantial" Evidence of Causation
    • Proving Motivation of the Persecutor
    • Mixed Motive Cases
    • Issues Related to Non-Governmental Persecutors
    • Political Opinion (What is it?; "Imputed" Political Opinion)
    • Particular Social Groups (What is a Social Group; "Immutable" Characteristics"; Gender Based Claims; Juvenile Cases)
    • Claims Based on Race, Religion, Nationality
  • Withholding of Removal - Torture Convention

SECOND Phone Session on September 23rd: Bars to Relief and Preparation of Application

  • Bars To Relief
    • One Year Bar - Filing Deadline (Changed Circumstances; Extraordinary Circumstances)
    • Reinstatement of Removal Orders
    • Resettlement
    • Criminal Bars
    • Persecutors
    • Discretionary Denials
  • Preparing the Application and Documentation
    • Statement - How Detailed Should it be? (Contents; Language; Avoiding Credibility Problems)
    • Documentation - Individualized (medical records, evidence of political involvement, photos, Affidavits, arrest Records, new articles, etc.); Background Evidence - (sources, websites, types of evidence)
    • Witnesses - Personal (those with direct knowledge); Expert (medical, psychological, political, human rights, etc.)
  • Packaging and Filing the Claim
    • Preparing Documentation (highlighting, indexing, tabbing, paginating, etc.)
    • Local Court Rules
    • Court Filing Deadlines
    • Witness Lists

THIRD Phone Session on October 14th: Presentation In Court

  • Getting Your Documents Into the Record
    • Dealing with DHS attorney objections (Authentication; Hearsay - 3rd Party Written Statements; Timeliness; Other Objections - relevance, completeness, etc.)
    • Expert Statements (Where Expert not in Court for Cross-examination)
    • Objections to DHS Documents (I-213, Asylum Officer's Notes, Forensic Reports)
  • Presenting The Applicants Testimony in Court
    • Preparation of your client
    • Types of questions (simple, direct, non-leading)
    • Chronology
    • Dealing with DHS attorney objections
    • Dealing with Judge's interruptions (making your record)
    • Objections to DHS attorney cross-examination questions
    • Credibility issues
  • Expert Witnesses
    • When to use them
    • Where to find them
    • Proving expert qualifications
    • Focusing the expert
    • Motions for telephonic testimony
  • Cross Examination of DHS Witnesses
    • Asylum Officers
    • DHS Inspectors/Investigators
  • Other Issues
    • Closing Arguments
    • BIA Appeal
    • Circuit Court Review
  • Filing with the Asylum Office
    • Limitations on Role of Attorney
    • Differences with Court Presentations
The deadline to register is Friday, August 27th. For more info, detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:

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