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Standing Room Only for Pro Bono Center’s Asylum Training

February 16, 2017

D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s “Representing Asylum Seekers – Basic Training. Photo by Stanley AugustinReflecting an increase in requests from Washington, D.C.-area attorneys for training on subjects related to immigration and asylum law, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center's "Representing Asylum Seekers –Basic Training" on February 14 drew more than 80 attorneys, paralegals, and law students. Led by experienced immigration practitioners and staff from the Arlington U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Asylum Office, the training covered topics including U.S. asylum law, working with victims of trauma, and challenges to receiving asylum. Officers from USCIS and a pro bono attorney from Morris, Manning & Martin LLP also staged a mock asylum interview featuring a client from Peru to demonstrate how the process typically works.

Hosted by the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center, the training was sponsored by Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition, Whitman-Walker Health, and Human Rights First. In addition, the training was cosponsored by Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services, International Law Section, Litigation Section, and the Tahirih Justice Center. The training marked the first of six spring sessions held by the Pro Bono Center that cover a range of relevant legal topics focused on the needs of underserved communities in D.C.

Register now for the Pro Bono Center's next asylum training on April 5 or for another spring training session.