National Immigrant Justice Center
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Useful documents for attorneys representing asylum seekers
Below are links to training materials, sample documents, practice advisories and government memos pro bono attorneys may need over the course of representing asylum seekers. Additional, general materials are available on the Legal Materials page. Pro bono attorneys are also encouraged to peruse the Administrative Policy Updates page, which provides information regarding changes in immigration policy and procedure.
Asylum Training Materials
- Basic Procedural Manual for Asylum Representation (May 2016)** On September 14, 2016, EOIR issued a new policy memorandum regarding the filing of asylum applications outside of an immigration court hearing. This memorandum supersedes certain aspects of the filing instructions contained in this manual. Please click here for more information.
- Appendices to the Basic Procedural Manual for Asylum Representation
- Information for Attorneys Representing Detained Asylum Seekers
Immigration Court Guidelines and Manuals
Particular Social Group Claims
- Particular Social Group Practice Advisory: Applying for Asylum After Matter of M-E-V-G- and Matter of W-G-R-
**Updated January 2016
- Supporting documents from NIJC's March 2014 roundtable training: Seeking Asylum Based on Membership in a Particular Social Group After M-E-V-G and W-G-R-
- Resources for Asylum Claims Based on Membership in a Particular Social Group
- Resources for Gender-Based Asylum Claims
More resources coming
- Resources for Central American/Mexican Asylum Claims
- NIJC active list of Central American/Mexican country conditions documents
- List of country condition resources compiled by the Central America/Mexico working group
- Resources published and compiled by the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings
- Translated Articles Archive from the Freedom of Expression Project at the Trans-Border Institute, University of San Diego
- Resources for Asylum Claims Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
NIJC's LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative can provide country condition documentation to pro se asylum seekers and attorneys representing individuals seeking asylum based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Please click here for an example of the country condition support available. To request assistance with country condition documentation, please email email@example.com.
The "Asylum Clock" and Employment Authorization
On September 14, 2016, EOIR issued a new policy memorandum regarding the filing of asylum applications outside of an immigration court hearing. This memorandum supersedes many of the documents below. Please click here for more information.
- Frequently asked questions regarding employment authorization for asylum seekers
- Asylum Clock Class Action Lawsuit
- EOIR OPPM 13-02: The Asylum Clock (Dec. 2013)
- EOIR OPPM 13-03: Guidelines for Implementation of the ABT Settlement Agreement (Dec. 2013)
Bars to Asylum
- NIJC's Asylum Quick Reference Guide for Pro Bono Attorneys
- Submitting an Email Inquiry to the Chicago Asylum Office
- NIJC's Language of Human Rights Volunteer Interpreter Project
NIJC’s volunteer program, the Language of Human Rights Volunteer Interpreter Project, has volunteers who may be able to assist pro bono attorneys with interpretation and document translation in languages including Spanish, French, and Arabic. Please note that inclusion on NIJC's volunteer interpreter list is based on self-reporting of language proficiency by the volunteer. Access to the volunteer interpreter list is restricted to registered users.
- Secondary Trauma in Asylum Lawyers
- Certificate of translation
- Certificate of translation (for foreign documents)
- NIJC Amicus Brief: Forced IUD Insertion is Persecution
- NIJC Amicus Brief: Generalized Corroboration Requirement is Improper
Information and Resources for Asylees
- Asylee Benefits Information
- USDOJ Civil Rights Division: Refugees and Asylees Have the Right to Work
- USDOJ Civil Rights Division: "Look At The Facts. Not At The Faces. Your Guide To Fair Employment."