2005 Archive

Kate Jastram and Boalt Students Contribute to U.S. Report on Asylum Seekers

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released the findings of a Report on Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, February 8. The report contains the findings of a congressionally mandated study-conducted by Boalt lecturer Kate Jastram and five other experts-examining the effects of expedited removal on people seeking asylum in the United States. It also details policy recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice to ensure that asylum seekers are treated appropriately. Expedited removal was established in 1996 by legislation that allows immigration officials summarily to return people arriving in the United States without proper documentation to their country of origin.

Fifteen Boalt Hall students collaborated with Jastram on the study. You can read the report on the UCIRF website.