Building Community Networks for Women and Children from Central America Seeking Asylum in North Carolina
(An event for legal practitioners, students, service providers, and researchers who work with women and children asylum seekers.)
Since July 2014, the Charlotte Immigration Court that decides claims for persons in North Carolina who are seeking asylum has had a “women and children” docket of 5,856 cases, 3,242 of which have been resolved. Of the resolved cases, only 636 had an attorney. Only 23 were granted asylum.
The number of women and children who were unrepresented and granted asylum is ZERO. If women and children represent themselves at the Charlotte Immigration Court, they have a 0% chance of getting relief.
In fiscal year 2015, the Charlotte Immigration Court granted only 13% of all asylum cases, a staggering low figure compared with approval rates nationwide. These outcomes for women and children asylum seekers have implications for human rights, domestic and international immigration policy, and local communities.
This event seeks to provide education and training to legal practitioners and others who work with women and children asylum seekers and to create a community network in support of women and children asylum seekers. Much of this support will necessarily focus on legal representation efforts. We hope to collaborate with students, faculty, attorneys, and other community members who are willing to assist with research, interpretation services, and other needed support to develop a coordinated plan to address the needs of asylum seekers.
We will have panels discussing asylum law, federal asylum litigation, successes and trends in the Charlotte Immigration Court, community activism and much more.
Registration required. For further details, including the program agenda, logistics and pricing, please visit the event website.
Sponsored by: The UNC Law School and the Institute for the Study of the Americas
For inquiries, please contact: Program Director, Professor Deborah Weissman