Access to an attorney while in detention could mean life or death for asylum-seeking families fleeing unspeakable violence.
Since its founding in 2015, the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) has been working to provide legal aid to asylum-seeking women and children held in private prison facilities. As the Trump administration continues to increase its attacks on asylum seekers, the need for counsel to assist detained families is only growing.
ASAP has released a new guide for volunteer advocates representing families at the border, “Vindicating the Rights of Asylum Seekers at the Border and Beyond: A Guide to Representing Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal and Reinstatement of Removal Proceeding.” Volunteer attorneys and advocates are crucial to ensuring that detained families can present their cases as thoroughly and effectively as possible. This guide is intended to support volunteer advocates in this work and is based on knowledge that our own volunteers gained while preparing hundreds of emergency filings to reverse negative results of preliminary asylum interviews.
“Vindicating the Rights of Asylum Seekers at the Border and Beyond” provides a detailed overview of the expedited removal and reinstatement of removal processes, preliminary asylum interviews, and relevant immigration court proceedings, as well as checklists for related filings, such as requests for re-interview and briefs filed in support of immigration judge reviews.
We hope this guide will serve as a valuable resource to pro bono attorneys, law students, paralegals, and other advocates fighting for asylum-seeking families at the border and beyond.