For immigrants seeking to avoid deportation and stay in the US, appearing in Immigration Court is often the most daunting part of a complicated process that can take years to complete. While immigrants have a right to have an attorney represent them on their applications for asylum, cancellation of removal, and other forms of immigration relief, the government does not provide lawyers free of charge to those who can’t afford one.
Calling all health professionals! The Asylum Program at PHR will be hosting a basic training for health professionals interested in conducting physical and psychological evaluations for survivors of human rights abuses.
On February 15-16 stakeholders from around the world will gather in DC to participate in the “Forensic Evidence in the Fight Against Torture” conference, co-sponsored by the International Council for Torture Victims and American University Washington College of Law.
When the Obama administration announced that it would encourage the use of prosecutorial discretion to determine which undocumented immigrants should be targeted for deportation, immigrants and advocates were cautiously optimistic. Now, as the first batch of cases to be considered for prosecutorial discretion are making their way through the system, both the benefits of the policy and the challenges to implementing it are coming into focus.
Immigrants, especially those with mental disabilities, face nearly insurmountable odds in trying to prevent their deportation and gain legal status in the US. US immigration law is a complicated jumble of statutes enacted over the past 60 years that is in desperate need of wholesale reform. The good news is for detained immigrants with serious mental disabilities in California, Arizona, and Washington, help may be on the way.