Asylum Seekers Advocacy Project (ASAP)
Columbia students are collaborating with law school students from around the country to assist the Asylum Seekers Advocacy Project (ASAP) in creating two guides focused on asylum claims: (1) A guide focused on expedited removal proceedings; and (2) A start-to-finish tool-kit/guide on assisting pro se applicants with asylum applications. ASAP uses creative lawyering, an innovative model of remote representation, and large-scale volunteer mobilization to take on and win cases for refugee mothers and their families across the country.
The organization focuses on taking on cases not well suited for traditional legal services - representing women whom the government has already wrongfully denied asylum or ordered deported, as well as families who are unable to access pro bono legal aid in their area. Columbia law school students will be working remotely with both ASAP staff and other law school students to ensure that guides are available for other lawyers seeking to assist some of the most vulnerable communities.
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