|Live Event Date: 01/25/2024
Are you confused about particular social groups (PSGs)? You are not alone. Courts have been inconsistent on the subject. As a result, immigration attorneys are left without a clear picture and a daunting amount of research to try to figure it all out. Which PSGs have been recognized? Which PSGs have been rejected? Our panel of asylum experts will help refocus the PSG picture based on their collective experience, and they will discuss strategies for successful appeals.
- Gang-related: “victims of gang violence”
- “Witnesses who cooperate with law enforcement”
- Gender-related: “victims of domestic violence;” “women in ______” [a particular country, such as El Salvador]
- What is “circularity” and when does it critically damage the claim?
- Even if the PSG is cognizable, is there “nexus?” Was the persecutor motivated by membership in the group?
- Strategies for successful appeals
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Jeffrey S. Chase (DL), Brooklyn, NY
Jeffrey S. Chase is the founder of the Round Table of Former Immigration Judges and author of the immigration law blog jeffreyschase.com. A former Immigration Judge, he served as a faculty member for AILA’s Asylum online course, has spoken on asylum at several AILA annual conferences, and is the co-author of a white paper examining the intersection of climate displacement and U.S. asylum law.
Dree K. Collopy, AILA Author, AILA's Asylum Primer: A Practical Guide to U.S. Asylum Law and Procedure, 9th ed., AILA Removal Defense Section Steering Committee/Asylum and Refugee Committee, Washington, D.C.
Dree K. Collopy is a partner of Benach Collopy LLP in Washington, D.C. A recognized expert on U.S. asylum law and policy, Dree served for nine years as chair of the AILA National Asylum and Refugee Committee, is the author of AILA’s Asylum Primer, and teaches Asylum and Refugee Law at the American University Washington College of Law. Dree earned her JD at the Catholic University Columbus School of Law and her BA at Grinnell College.
Karla R. Lammers, AILA Asylum and Refugee Committee, Aventura, FL
Karla R. Lammers is a founding partner at Lammers Immigration Law Group and has focused her practice in immigration and nationality law since 2005 serving international corporations and individual clients with a full-service law firm to meet their needs and where she has fought zealously to keep a myriad of individuals and families in the United States. Born and raised in Guatemala she earned a law degree prior to coming to live in the US. Fluent in Spanish and French, Ms. Lammers has an extensive background in asylum and in litigation of complex immigration cases Ms. Lammers is board certified in immigration and nationality law. She is a member of the Florida Bar, the D.C. Bar and and Guatemala Bar.
Scott Emerick, Los Angeles, CA
Scott A. Emerick is an attorney at Bolour / Carl Immigration Group in Los Angeles, CA. His practice primarily focuses on complex family-based immigration, removal defense, and federal litigation. He is a former chair of the Southern California Chapter of AILA and currently serves that chapter as a litigation liaison. Since becoming a lawyer, Scott has regularly served as an AILA liaison at either the national or local level in various roles and regularly speaks on immigration topics.