Navigating Complications and Obstacles in the Affirmative Asylum Process

Navigating Complications and Obstacles in the Affirmative Asylum Process

Navigating Complications and Obstacles in the Affirmative Asylum Process - Seminar Recording (CLE Included)
Live Event Date: 10/19/2022
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

The backlog of applications pending at asylum offices nationwide currently exceeds 430,000, as of June 2022. Many applicants have been waiting for over five years just to have their asylum interview. The uncertainty and limitations on work and travel, and separation from family members can have a severe impact on our clients’ mental and emotional well-being. The speakers for this fundamentals seminar will discuss the current landscape of the affirmative asylum backlog with an eye towards helping practitioners effectively communicate with their clients, set boundaries, and present options to move long-pending cases forward.

Featured Topics:

  • Current Asylum Office Processing Policy and Wait Times
  • Managing Client Expectations and Setting the Scope of Representation in Light of Lengthy Delays
  • Interim Benefits: What Are Restrictions for Employment Authorization and Travel Documents?
  • Strategies for Expedited Interview Requests
  • Is Federal Litigation an Option to Compel Interview Scheduling?

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Tammy Lin (DL), AILA Asylum Online Course Committee Chair, San Diego, CA

Tammy Lin opened her solo practice in 2016 after almost nine years working for a nonprofit where she was hired to start the asylum program. She is a two-time former AILA San Diego Chair and frequent speaker on asylum and refugee issues. She is a current member of AILA National’s Media and Advocacy Committee, 75th Anniversary Committee, 2021 Asylum Conference Planning Committee, past member of a variety of other committees and the 2014 AILA Advocacy recipient with her three fellow California Chapter chairs. She earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. Her dog’s name is Milhouse after “The Simpsons” character, not the former President.

Dree K. Collopy, AILA Author, AILA's Asylum Primer: A Practical Guide to U.S. Asylum Law and Procedure, 8th Ed., Asylum and Refugee Committee, Washington, DC

Dree K. Collopy is a partner of Benach Collopy LLP in Washington, DC. A recognized asylum expert, Dree has served as chair of AILA's Asylum and Refugee Committee and is the author of AILA's Asylum Primer. She frequently lectures and publishes on cutting-edge immigration issues and serves on working groups developing nation-wide policy advocacy and litigation strategies on behalf of refugees and asylum-seekers. Dree is a member of the adjunct faculty at American University's Washington College of Law. She has been recognized for her contributions to the field of immigration law and for her work in advancing and defending the cause of refugees, receiving the AILA President’s Commendation Award in 2013, 2016, and 2021, and the Joseph Minsky Award in 2014.

Allison Lukanich, Raleigh, NC

Allison Lukanich is an attorney at Bashyam Global LLP who manages the family immigration and removal defense practices at the firm. She currently serves as Raleigh CBP Liaison through the AILA Carolinas chapter, and previously served as New Member Division chair. She attended Elon University School of Law (2012) and is a NC Board Certified Specialist in Immigration Law.

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.

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