NIJC litigates gender-based asylum claims at the immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and the federal courts of appeals. NIJC believes that gender can form the basis of a particular social group and that individuals who have suffered or fear violence based on their…
Special Considerations When Representing Detained Applicants for Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Relief under the Convention Against Torture
Updated February 2013
This manual offers basic guidelines for attorneys representing asylum seekers who are detained in the custody of U.S. Immigration…
NIJC is a nationally recognized expert in asylum claims
based on membership in a particular social group.
NIJC is actively involved in litigating issues related to the Board of Immigration Appeals’ particular social group (PSG) definition and has participated as counsel or amicus curiae in many of…
What are the Terrorism Bars?
The United States has always had the ability to prevent individuals from entering the United States based on concerns that they present a danger to the security of the country. After 2001, however, Congress enacted several pieces of legislation that purport to…
Updated April 2018
NIJC’s asylum manual provides an overview of the U.S. asylum process and provides basic guidelines for attorneys representing asylum seekers. The manual’s appendices, listed below, include useful forms and further resources. None of these materials should be considered…
Government guidelines, forms, and other supplemental materials for pro bono attorneys representing immigrant victims of violence applying for U visas or for protection under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Pro Bono Attorney Manual on Immigration Relief for Crime Victims: U…
Government guidelines, forms, and other supplemental materials for pro bono attorneys representing immigrant children.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
NIJC Training on Obtaining SIJS Predicate Orders (Slides)
NIJC/CVLS Training on SIJS Predicate Orders (Webinar)
Below are links to training materials, sample documents, practice advisories and government memos pro bono attorneys may need over the course of representing asylum seekers. Additional, general materials are available on the Legal Materials page. Pro bono attorneys are also encouraged to…