Refugee and Asylum Seekers Project

Student volunteers will complete an application for asylum for a client of Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants (ILSI).  This includes meetings with the client and the supervising attorney, research and completion of the appropriate forms.  Asylum cases may be political or religious in nature and may involve domestic violence.  Research may include a include validation of country conditions, finding organizations to verify country conditions, finding doctors or therapists for evaluations, finding interpreters to accompany the client to appointments, etc.

Student volunteers must complete a training session.  The average time for the application process is one month.  Students will be expected to spend 2-5 hours per week until the application is complete.  Work may be done from the law school or home; however, certain parts will require going to the ILSI office.  Students who would like to continue to assist the client beyond the application process, including going to the asylum hearing, are encouraged to do so.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Walsh at