Fundamentals: Legal Services Resources


 Immigration Dynamics - Processes, Challenges and Benefits.pdf (155.312 KB)

Advocates for Human Rights Pro Bono Asylum Representation Manual

Asylum Officer Basic Training Course Lesson Plan on Interviewing Survivors

Germain, R., AILA’s Asylum Primer:  A Practical Guide to U.S. Asylum Law and Procedure (7th Ed. 2015) - available for purchase
Preface available to read online here
Excerpt of Chapter 2: US Asylum Law available to read online here

Wilkinson, John, “Immigration Dynamics: Processes, Challenges, and Benefits,” in Smith, Hawthorne, Keller, Alan, and  Lhewa, DW, eds. Like a Refugee Camp on First Avenue: Insights and Experiences  from the Bellevue-NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. New York: Bellevue-NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, 2007, Chapter 3 (attached to this post - see top of post for download)

For more on conditions of detained asylum seekers, read: 
Kassindja,  Fauziya.  Do They Hear You When You Cry? New York: Random House, 1998.  This is a true story of a 17-year old girl detained for almost two years who eventually wins asylum in a landmark case at the Board of Immigration Appeals based on her fear of female genital mutilation.


Asylum Officer Basic Training Course

Training for mental health evaluators evaluating torture survivors for asylum claims

Training for pro bono legal representatives

Audiovisual Materials

A Well-Founded Fear, (Documentary, 1999)

Casablanca (Movie, 1942)

The Kite Runner (Movie, 2007)

An American Tail (Animated Movie, 1986, for children)

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