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Fundamentals: Legal Services Resources


 Immigration Dynamics - Processes, Challenges and Benefits.pdf (155.312 KB)

Advocates for Human Rights Pro Bono Asylum Representation Manual

Asylum Officer Basic Training Course Lesson Plan on Interviewing Survivors

Germain, R., AILA’s Asylum Primer:  A Practical Guide to U.S. Asylum Law and Procedure (7th Ed. 2015) - available for purchase
Preface available to read online here
Excerpt of Chapter 2: US Asylum Law available to read online here

Wilkinson, John, “Immigration Dynamics: Processes, Challenges, and Benefits,” in Smith, Hawthorne, Keller, Alan, and  Lhewa, DW, eds.

Regina Germain

Regina Germain, JD, former Legal Director of the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center [closed], where she managed the legal services and pro bono lawyer referral program; supervised volunteer attorneys and law student interns; conducted outreach to the legal community and general public on issues impacting survivors of torture; and provided comments on proposed legislation, regulations and immigration policies to NGOs, the Department of Homeland Security and other relevant stakeholders.

Paul Chandler, JD, MS.

Volunteer Data Analyst, Asylee Women Enterprise

Paul Chandler, JD, MS is a volunteer Data Analyst at the Asylee Women Enterprise. He has taught statistics for social sciences at the University of Baltimore, where he also worked as research assistant for the Law School and Law Clinic. In addition to the webinar Paul did for us listed below, he was the key expert consulted in creating CVT's Evaluation section.

Janet Beck

Janet B. Beck, MSW, JD, is Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Houston Law Center. Ms. Beck has been Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1995 and has been practicing immigration law since 1987.  She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, supervising law students in the Immigration Clinic.   She also teaches a class in Immigration Law and Business at the Law Center.  Ms. Beck was the attorney on the Board of Immigration Appeals precedent decision Matter of M-A-M.

Chapter 7: Legal Services

This chapter provides an overview of challenges that arise when representing torture survivors and strategies to ensure these challenges do not act as a barrier to effective legal representation. Attorneys encounter torture survivors with a variety of legal needs. Frequently, however, the survivor’s initial and most pressing legal problem involves immigration matters, such as asylum, family reunification, or defense from removal (deportation). Because safety is crucial to the survivor’s ability to engage fully in torture treatment services, the asylum process is integral to rehabilitation.



This book is a starting point for professionals who work with torture treatment centers, such as: therapists, social workers, attorneys, nurses, physicians, and administrators. This book can be read in its entirety, or the professional can read the areas pertinent to specific disciplines. By reaching out to members of torture treatment programs in the United States, the reader should be able to build a network services, either community-wide or within an agency, to better meet the needs of their clients.


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