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Law Clinic's Kusuda presents paper on asylum law

May 29, 2009

Hiroko Kusuda, clinical instructor of the immigration law section of the Loyola Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice, presented “Recent Developments on the Law of Asylum, Withholding of Removal and U.N. Convention Against Torture,” at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network annual convention in Colorado Springs, Colo., in May.

Kusuda presented the paper with Regina Germain, legal director of Rocky Mountain Survivors Network in Denver and author of “Asylum Primer.” Kusuda and Germain discussed recent Board of Immigration Appeals and federal circuit court cases involving cutting-edge asylum issues, including a recent U.S. Supreme Court case involving a Loyola Law Clinic client.

The clinic represented Daniel Neguise, an African stowaway from Eritrea, who sought political asylum in the United States before the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals. He was tortured while imprisoned by Eritrean authorities and forced to serve as a prison guard. Both administrative courts and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Neguise’s asylum request but affirmed a relief under the Convention Against Torture finding that he would be tortured upon return. The clinic also assisted him in filing a habeas corpus petition which eventually led to his release from detention.

In March 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the lower courts and sent the case back to the Board of Immigration Appeals for reconsideration where the Loyola Law Clinic continues his representation.

For more information on the Loyola Law Clinic, contact Kusuda at 504-861-5595 or by e-mail at hkusuda@loyno.edu.

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