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9/22 conference call: Update on National Advocacy Efforts for Detained Asylum Seekers

September 17, 2010

Please join us on September 22nd at 3 p.m. EDT for a DWN member call to learn more about national advocacy concerning the detention of asylum seekers.

In March 2010, on the 30th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980, Senators Leahy and Levin introduced the Refugee Protection Act of 2010, a bill designed to fix many of the most egregious problems in U.S. asylum laws and policies.  Amongst these include several provisions related to detention, including:

  • access to immigration court custody reviews for arriving asylum seekers that are not released on parole
  • nationwide expansion of the legal orientation program
  • development of procedures to ensure that asylum seekers in expedited removal are not detained for prolonged periods of time if they establish identity and do not pose a risk of flight or danger to others
  • creation of a secure alternatives to detention program for asylum seekers who do not pose a risk of flight or danger to others
  • establishment of standard requirements for detention facilities related to medical care, transfer of detainees, telephone access, fair and humane treatment, grievance policies, translation of information, law libraries, visitations, and training of personnel
  • requiring that within 48 hours of detention DHS file the Notice to Appear (NTA) or other relevant charging document

Annie Sovcik, Advocacy Counsel with Human Rights First, will discuss these and other provisions impacting asylum seekers in the United States contained in the Refugee Protection Act and identify ways DWN members can support advocacy efforts for detained asylum seekers.  There will be time for Q&A for participants as well.

Call-in Info:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time


Participant Access Code: 610585#

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