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Citations for ILW.COM's Seminar
Asylum For Experts
Session 3 held on September 16, 2009

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From David L. Cleveland

Country conditions
Please see Integrated Regional Information Networks

A97-103-163 (BIA Jun 14, 2005).
Please see Removal Proceedings [last visited on July 26, 2009]
AILA document # 080-80461

Krisnawati v. us AG 2009 us app lexis 11728 [11th cir. 6/1/09]
Aboflan v. Holder 2009 us app lexis 16700 [4th cir. 7/29/09]

Federal Rules of Evidence:
Rule 607: Who may impeach
Rule 613 Prior Statements of Witnesses
613(a) "the statement need not be shown nor its contents disclosed to the witness at that time, but on the request the same shall be shown or disclosed to opposing counsel."

Letter from Embassy in Yaounde
Amin v. Mukasey 535 F.3d 243 [4th Cir 2008]

Memorandum from
Bo Cooper, INS General Counsel, to Jeffrey Weiss, INS Director of Int'l Affairs, Confidentiality of Asylum Applications and Overseas Verification of Documents.

Application Information (June 21, 2001) ("Cooper Memo"), available at at 39-45; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,

Fact Sheet: Federal Regulations Protecting the Confidentiality of Asylum Applicants (June 3, 2005) ("Fact Sheet"), available at

Secret evidence Kaur v. Holder 561 F.3d 957 (9th Cir. 2009)
8 CFR 1240.33 (c )(4)

Emotional harm
Ayele v. Holder 564 F.3d 862 (7th Cir. 2009) -do not need physical harm to win

At least one central reason
Parussimova v. Mukasey 555 F.3d 734 (9th Cir. 2009)

Domestic violence : April 13, 2009 DHS brief AILA doc #090-716-64
"Mexican women in domestic relationships who are unable to leave" is better than "women in abusive domestic relationships who are unable to leave"

how to overcome S-E-G- 24 I&N Dec.579 (BIA 2008)
Mtr granted on 7/28/09 In re Gonzales-Mira
But see: Mendez-de Vasquez v. US Att'y General, 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 20087 (11th Cir. 9/8/09)

Vasquez v. Holder, 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 19034 (2nd Cir. 8/25/09)

Scatambuli v. Holder, 558 F.3d 53 (1st Cir. 2009)[R lacked social visibility; very few people in society knew he was an informant; he had no outward characteristics that would cause others to recognize him as an informant]

Gatimi v. Holder 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 18718(7th Cir. 2009)

can you be a member of more than one psg? "dental student who dated, and then escaped" Gomez-Zuluaga v. Attorney General, 527 F.3d 330 (3rd Cir. 2008)

Duress: Negusie v. Holder 129 S. Ct. 1159 (2009)
Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts 129 S. Ct. 2527 (2009)