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Lives in the Balance: A Study of 14 Years of Asylum Adjudication by the Dept. of Homeland Secuirty

Date: Monday, February 17, 2014

Time: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Contact: Jessica Howard · · 861-5760

Location: College of Law, Room 308

Professors Andrew I. Schoenholtz and Philip G. Schrag, Georgetown Law

With the encouragement of Asylum Office Headquarters, professors Philip G. Schrag and Andrew I. Schoenholtz (Georgetown University Law Center) and Jaya Ramji-Nogales (Temple University) have spent the last three years studying the asylum adjudication database of the Department of Homeland Security. This 383,000-case database, covering the period from 1995 through June 2009, is one of the world’s largest collections of data about adjudicated cases. The authors investigated patterns of adjudication nationwide and within each of the department’s eight regional asylum offices. They also interviewed asylum officers from each of those offices. Their new book is Lives in the Balance: Asylum Adjudication by the Department of Homeland Security (New York University Press, 2014).




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