This guide, updated April 2019, supports attorneys, law students, paralegals and other advocates working to prevent the deportation of asylum-seeking families who have recently arrived in the United States.
The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) prepared “Vindicating the Rights of Asylum Seekers at the Border and Beyond: A Guide to Representing Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal and Reinstatement of Removal Proceedings” after assisting hundreds of asylum seeking women and children. While the guide is informed by our experience in the family detention context, the information is relevant to any asylum seeker in expedited removal or reinstatement of removal proceedings.
The guide includes tips for credible and reasonable fear interviews (CFIs/RFIs), immigration judge (IJ) review of negative interview results, requests for re-interview or reconsideration (RFRs), and more. We hope this guide will be used by advocates working with asylum seekers at the border and beyond.
Please note: This guide was published in early June 2018 and updated in April 2019. During this time period, laws and policies affecting asylum seekers have been changing rapidly. Advocates assisting asylum seekers in expedited removal proceedings should take care to review the latest legal standards.