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Authors discuss differences among massive database of asylum cases in U.S.

February 14, 2014

Andrew I. Schoenholtz

A free lecture at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law will cover an often-overlooked responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security: asylum decisions. Georgetown University Law Center professors Philip G. Schrag, J.D., and Andrew I. Schoenholtz, J.D., two of the three authors of “Lives in the Balance,” will speak on the topic Monday, Feb. 17 at 12:30 p.m. in the College of Law, Room 308. The talk is open to the public.

The “Lives in the Balance: A Study of 14 Years of Asylum Adjudication by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security” panel will examine patterns of asylum adjudication nationwide among 383,000 cases from 1995 to 2009. The speakers will discuss the disparities in outcomes among similar cases and changing patterns over time, the one-year deadline Congress enacted in 1996, the 9/11 attacks and the 2005 REAL ID Act.

Schrag and Schoenholtz, along with Temple University professor Jaya Ramji-Nogales, LL.M., are also the authors of “Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication and Proposals for Reform,” which examined disparities in asylum adjudication at the asylum offices, the immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Courts of Appeals.

For more information, contact Jessica Howard at 504-861-5760.

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