California Asylum Representation Project

CARC partners with the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC), a Board of Immigration Appeals recognized nonprofit organization. Based right here in Berkeley, EBSC is one of the highest volume providers of asylum representation in the country. Once students are accepted to CARC, they are placed into teams of two based on their interests and past experience. Occasionally students will work on a case alone, but more typically they work in pairs. An initial training covers client interviewing skills, ethics and confidentiality, asylum law, case management, and working with interpreters. Following this training, students are assigned an affirmative asylum case and a supervising attorney. Over the course of the semester, students interview the client, draft the client’s declaration, prepare the asylum application, collect additional evidence and potentially accompany the client to the Asylum Office interview (timing dependent). About halfway through the semester, CARC holds a workshop on drafting declarations. Students will develop interviewing skills and gain an understanding of substantive asylum law.

Time Commitment: There will be a mandatory three-hour training at Berkeley Law and one two-hour training at EBSC. After that, hours will vary by week as students work on their individual cases, but students should expect to spend about 20 hours per semester.

Supervision: Students providing pro bono legal services through CARC will be trained and supervised by Kaveena Singh, Staff Attorney at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC). Kaveena has been working with EBSC since she was a legal intern in 2003. Students will also receive training and support from Michael Smith, Refugee Rights Program Director at EBSC. Michael started EBSC’s Affirmative Asylum Program with Sister Maureen Duignan in 1992 and has received awards for his work with refugees from Helen Bamber and the Dalai Lama.

Video Recording of the Fall 2016 Immigration SLPS Information Session (Introduction to: Berkeley Immigration Group – Detention Project; Berkeley Immigration Law Clinic; Boalt Anti-Trafficking Project; California Asylum Representation Clinic; East Bay Dreamer Clinic; and International Refugee Assistance Project). Recorded Thursday, September 1.

For more information, please contact the student leaders at carccoordinator@gmail.com.

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