Call for attorneys to assist refugees re-entering U.S.

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We are posting this because the situation is still uncertain.  We do not know whether there will still be a need for attorneys. Please check with the International Refugee Assistance Project

Received 3:48 p.m. 1.28.17: The International Refugee Assistance Project is  working with local resettlement agencies to identify airports where refugees are scheduled to land in the next several days. Should an executive order revoke their admissibility, CBP may attempt to place these refugees in detention or expedited removal. We are seeking attorneys, immediately, who can go to the airports at which refugees are scheduled to enter the United States to support arriving refugees in credible fear interviews. (Resources on CFIs are here and here).

Credible fear interviews are brief interviews that determine whether the individual has a “credible fear” of harm in their country of origin. We will provide letters for you arguing thatUSCIS has already determined that each of these refugees meets the refugee/asylum definition, so the credible fear interview should be almost a formality. And we will be available for support and trouble shooting.

The airports where we anticipate needing attorneys (so far) over the next two days are Newark, Washington-Dulles, JFK, LAX, O’Hare, and Miami.

If you are willing and able to assist, please fill out this google form and we will be in touch. Questions can go to bheller@refugeerights.org and bfisher@refugeerights.org