AILA Asylum Online Course

AILA Asylum Online Course

AILA Asylum Online Course
10/18/2022 12:00 PM ET
Release Date: 10/18/2022
Format Modules CLE Eligible
Online Course 8 Modules Yes

Updated September 2023: This course was originally released in October 2022, but has undergone an annual process to review and update it for recent changes in the law. The most recent updates were made as of September 2023.

The AILA Asylum Online Course includes over 20 hours of practical, comprehensive instruction for beginner-to-intermediate asylum practitioners. Created by top asylum attorneys and presented by experienced speakers, this course presents a practical overview of affirmative and defensive asylum cases from start to finish, showing the interconnectivity of each element needed to prove a winning asylum claim for your clients.

The course is available onDemand, and includes instructional videos, downloadable quick-reference documents for you to use in your daily work, exercises where you’ll get hands-on practice, fact patterns, quizzes, discussion forums, and written articles.

The course outline consists of eight modules to walk you through the basics at every step of the asylum claim process:

  • Module 1: Legal Standards for Asylum Eligibility
  • Module 2: Protected Grounds and Nexus
  • Module 3: Bars and Alternative Forms of Relief
  • Module 4: Standards and Best Practices for Evidence
  • Module 5: Mental Health, Cultural Competency, and Vicarious Trauma
  • Module 6: Procedures
  • Module 7: Border Issues
  • Module 8: Post-Asylum Issues

Participation in this AILA online course is solely restricted to AILA members, government, and nonmember attorneys. Non-attorney attendance is limited to employees of AILA members in good standing, HR professionals who have an AILA member reference, employees of accredited educational institutions providing support to international student and scholar services at their employing institutions, and accredited representatives under 8 CFR §292.2. AILA does not permit course participation by persons who provide representation without authorization in violation of 8 CFR §292.1, such as for-profit "immigration consultants" and "notarios."

This product contains online content available through our online learning platform,, for one year from the date of purchase. Refund Policy: All online content purchases are final. They are not eligible for return/refund.

AILA has filed for CLE credits in appropriate jurisdictions. Eligible participants can receive up to 24 total credits (including 1.8 ethics credits) in 50-minute jurisdictions and up to 20 total credits (including 1.5 ethics credit) in 60-minute jurisdictions. To receive CLE credit, attorneys must record their attendance using the CLE code provided at the end of the program via webCLE.

Note: All Committee affiliations reflect the 2021-2022 AILA Committee Year, when the course outline was written.

ML = Module Leader

Online Course Program Committee

Tammy Lin, Online Course Chair Media Advocacy Committee Member, San Diego, CA

Hiroko Kusuda, Online Course Vice Chair, New Orleans, LA

Dree Collopy, AILA Author, AILA’s Asylum Primer/Asylum Conference Committee Member, Washington, DC

Jeffrey Chase, Online Course Committee Member, Brooklyn, NY

Maite Garcia, Online Course Committee Member, Miami, FL

Denise Gilman, Online Course Committee Member/ Federal Court Litigation Section Steering Committee, Austin, TX

Hakeem Ishola, Online Course Committee Member, West Valley City, UT

Christine Lin, Online Course Committee Member, San Francisco, CA

Priscilla Orta, Online Course Committee Member, Brownsville, TX

Ilana Greenstein, Senior Technical Assistance Attorney, Justice Campaign, American Immigration Council, Washington, DC

Kelli Jo Stump, AILA Second Vice President, Oklahoma City, OK

Kate Molski, AILA eLearning Manager, Washington, DC

John Area, Education Manager, Washington, DC

Sarah Kra, AILA eLearning Programs Associate, Washington, DC


Online Course Faculty

Module 1: Legal Standards for Asylum Eligibility

Jeffrey S. Chase (ML), Online Course Committee, Brooklyn, NY

Cindy Zapata, Cambridge, MA


Module 2: Protected Grounds and Nexus

Christine Lin (ML), Online Course Committee, San Francisco, CA

Ashley Huebner, AILA Asylum Conference Committee Chair/AILA EOIR-ICE Joint Liaison Committee Member, Glenview, IL

Bradley Jenkins, New York, NY


Module 3: Bars and Alternative Forms of Relief

Erin J. Quinn (ML), San Francisco, CA

Paul O’Dwyer, AILA Removal Defense Section Steering Committee Vice Chair, New York, NY

Sophia M. Genovese, Albuquerque, NM

Edward Neufville, Silver Spring, MD


Module 4: Standards and Best Practices for Evidence

Ilana Etkin Greenstein (ML), Asylum Conference Committee, Senior Technical Assistance Attorney, Immigration Justice Campaign, Boston, MA

Maggie Arias, Coral Gables, FL

Chelsea E. HaleyNelson, Oakland, CA


Module 5: Mental Health, Cultural Competency, and Vicarious Trauma

Veronica Barba (ML), Los Angeles, CA

Lauren N. Kostes, New York, NY

Mayra Alvarado, Managing Social Worker, Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, Phoenix, AZ


Module 6: Procedures

Victoria Neilson (ML), AILA Asylum and Refugee Committee Co-Chair, Pleasantville, NY

Edna Yang, Austin, TX

Breanna Cary, Publications Committee Chair, Edmond, OK


Module 7: Border Issues

Priscilla Orta (ML), Online Course Committee Member, Brownsville, TX

Nicolas Palazzo, El Paso, TX

Chelsea Jordan Sachau, Tucson, AZ


Module 8: Post-Asylum Issues

Anam Rahman (ML), Fairfax, VA

Stacie A. Hammond, Memphis, TN

Laura Ferner, Springdale, AR