Human Rights First, a Collaborator with HIAS PA, will Conduct Asylum Training on September 30, 2015

Asylum Law and Representing Families in Immigration Detention - Training on September 30, 2015

Human Rights First, with the support of Blank Rome LLP, is running a training in September for attorneys interested in taking a pro bono case at the Berks County Family Residential Center and others interested in learning more about asylum law and procedure. No prior experience in immigration law is necessary.

Since 1978, Human Rights First has worked to protect and promote fundamental human rights around the world. Human Rights First’s Refugee Representation program assists indigent refugees from all backgrounds who have fled persecution on the basis of their race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion, and who are seeking asylum in the United States. Many of these asylum seekers are in urgent need of legal representation to prepare their cases for adjudication by judges at the Immigration Court. The families detained at the Berks County Family Residential Center need legal assistance to seek release from immigration detention and in some cases representation to fight their cases from within the detention center. The training will give you a strong foundation in asylum law and prepare you to represent a family and secure their release from immigration detention.

The training will be on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at the law firm of Blank Rome LLP, located at 130 N 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-6998. The training will begin at 12:00 p.m. and will run until 3:00 p.m. Our Managing Attorney Lori Adams and Social Worker Aimee Miller will speak on techniques for representing asylum applicants and recent developments in asylum law. Ryan Brunsink of the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center and our Associate Attorney Robyn Barnard will speak on representing families detained at the Berks County Family Residential Center. RSVP for this Philadelphia training to Robyn Barnard at by Monday, September 28, 2015.