Page 7 - 2016 Immigration Clinic Newsletter
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                                                                                                          Clinical Associate Professor Geoffrey Hoffman, left, and a panel
                                                                                                          of experts discussed obstacles faced by asylum applicants and
                                                                                                          ways to overcome them. Joining Hoffman were immigration
                                                                                                          attorneys, Thomas Ragland from Washington, DC,  Mary Kramer
                                                                                                          from Miami, and Sui Chung, also from Miami who served as
                                                                                                          moderator.


                                                                                                          Geoffrey Hoffman, director of the University of
                                                                                                          Houston Law Center’s Immigration Clinic, participated in
                                                                                                          a panel discussion on February 8, 2016 about overcoming
                                                                                                          obstacles in representing those seeking asylum from
                                                                                                          countries torn by terrorist activities.
            “During my first week in the Immigration Clinic, I was able to meet with clients, prepare for a
            hearing in immigration court, and attend the hearing with my clients for their asylum case. Right   The panel’s topic, “Fighting Charges of Terrorism: Real
            off the bat, I was learning skills from my professors in the clinic that will prepare me for a career in   and Wrongly-Imputed Bars to Asylum,” was part of a day-
                                                                                                          long conference on asylum in the face of evolving
            immigration law.”                                                                             immigration law and refugee crises in Syria, Central
            Karla Quetzalli Perez, 2018 J.D. Candidate                                                    America, and elsewhere.
                                                                                                          The American Immigration Lawyers Association asylum
                                                                                                          conference held in San Antonio was designed to provide
                                                                                                          information, strategies, and tips to help defend clients
                                                                                                          against erroneous allegations of terrorist sympathies at a
                                                                                                          time of heightened fear and difficulty in clearly
                                                                                                          establishing an applicant as victim, villain, or hero.
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