Matter of A-B- : Case Updates, Current Trends, and Suggested Strategies

On June 11, 2018, former Attorney General Sessions issued a precedential opinion in Matter of A-B- overruling the Matter of A-R-C-G- landmark decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals, which had recognized that domestic violence survivors may be eligible for asylum protection. This case yielded new policies and practices by immigration agencies and adjudicators, as well as federal court litigation. Now that seven months have passed, immigration practitioners and advocates have a better sense of how Matter of A-B- has been implemented, the various trends that have emerged at all levels of adjudication, and the legal arguments and strategies that practitioners need to continue winning asylum for their clients in the post-A-B- world.

  • Status of Matter of A-B-, Grace v. Whitaker, and other related litigation
  • Current trends in credible and reasonable fear interviews, asylum interviews, immigration court, and beyond
  • Post-Matter of A-B- case law overview
  • Suggested strategies for all levels of adjudication

Dree Collopy, Benach Collopy LLP and Author, AILA's Asylum Primer, Washington, DC

Eunice Lee, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, San Francisco, CA

Ashley Huebner, National Immigrant Justice Center, Chicago, IL

Victoria Neilson, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, New York, NY

Charles Shane Ellison, Justice for Our Neighbors, Omaha, NE

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Cite as AILA Doc. No. 19020731.

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