Reports & Articles

Asylum Judges
A 2008 NYT article about asylum judges chosen by the Bush administration
Asylum Roulette
A 2006 NYT article on immigration court in NYC.
Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report for Congress
December 11, 2007 (pdf) - FTCA explained in detail; also discusses Bivens and 1983 actions in relations to lawsuits brought against law enforcement; excellent citations to ALR articles, treatises, and other secondary sources; Asylum Law & Female Genital Mutilation: Recent Developments
INS Guidelines for Children Asylum Claims
1998 memo to asylum and immigration officers
Koulibaly v. Mukasey
No. 07-3743 (6th Cir. 2008) - Court reversed BIA's affirmation of denial of asylum, holding that the substantial evidence did not support the BIA's adverse credibility finding because it was based on an Asylum Officer's Assessment to Refer which lacked standard indicia of reliability.
Other Serious Harm
Article by Steven Heller
Reports on Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal
Find the 2005 and 2007 reports from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; includes the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Review of the Issues of USCRIF's 2005 Report
Seeking Asylum Alone: United States
Bhabha, Jacqueline and Susan Schmidt (2006) - L4 and online
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, established by UN General Assembly, is mandated to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide; hosts the powerful RefWorld database, a collection of reports relating to situations in countries of origin, policy documents and positions, and documents relating to international and national legal frameworks; take note of the publication entitled "State of the World's Refugees"
UNHCR Refworld
Refworld is the leading source of information necessary for taking quality decisions on refugee status. Refworld contains a vast collection of reports relating to situations in countries of origin, policy documents and positions, and documents relating to international and national legal frameworks. The information has been carefully selected and compiled from UNHCR's global network of field offices, Governments, international, regional and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and judicial bodies.