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  • June 16, 2008
    The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an Afghan man targeted by the Taliban because he assisted the U.S. military should not be expected to rely on the Afghan military to help him safely relocate inside Afghanistan. “From the record, we are not at all certain that a military…
  • July 1, 2008
    The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found that the use of video teleconferencing ("VTC") in this case violated the petitioner's right to examine evidence. Ms. Rapheal was born in Liberia, where her father was an active supporter of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. When members of the…
  • February 19, 2009
    The Seventh Circuit found that the analysis of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), which denied the client’s asylum claim without addressing credibility, simply did not make sense.   Ms. Kadia is an asylum-seeker from Cameroon.  The Immigration Judge denied her claim, finding her to…
  • April 5, 2009
    The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) drafted an amicus brief in this longstanding litigation over detainee access to legal representation.  The government asked the district court to dissolve an injunction that requires the government to provide basic access to legal services to…
  • August 26, 2009
    The Seventh Circuit ruled that a personal change in circumstances can support reopening for asylum if it occurs abroad.   Roome Joseph was a derivative asylum applicant on her parents' failed asylum application; her family returned to Pakistan after losing the case.  She had Americanized…
  • December 14, 2009
    The Seventh Circuit found that former gang membership is a cognizable particular social group for asylum purposes.   In this case, the National Immigrant Justice Center challenged the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) determination that individuals fearing persecution by powerful Central…
  • January 19, 2010
    The Supreme Court ruled that individuals who seek to reopen their deportation orders have the right to appeal to the federal courts if the immigration courts refuse to do so.   The Seventh Circuit held that a decision whether to “reopen” a removal proceeding is inherently discretionary, and…
  • December 2, 2010
    The Seventh Circuit, interpreting 8 C.F.R. § 212.5(c) and INA § 212(d)(5)(A) in this case, found that when the government chooses to terminate a person’s advance parole, it must place that person back into the same status he occupied before receiving the advance parole grant.  Dr. Samirah, the…