Justice for Asylum Seekers in the US: Protecting the Most Vulnerable Among Us – April 23

Come to Room 201 in Numen Lumen Wednesay, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss justice for asylum seekers and protecting the most vulnerable among us, with Heather Scavone.

Elon University School of Law established the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic in December of 2010, allowing students under the supervision of law faculty to provide free legal services to low-income refugees and asylum seekers in North Carolina. HILC serves the dual purpose of ensuring access to valuable legal services by a vulnerable population, as well as providing practical skills training to law students. Among the benefits processes that the clinic represents clients with are applications for asylum, permanent residence, naturalization, humanitarian parole, and family reunification. Under the supervision of law faculty, Elon Law students manage all aspects of refugee and asylee cases, meeting with clients, performing intake interviews, analyzing cases for legal remedy, gathering evidence, drafting and filing applications and briefs, and maintaining client correspondence. Students also observe and participate in hearings before federal administrative agencies and courts. During its inaugural year, the clinic served 600+ individuals from more than 40 different countries worldwide.

Heather Scavone is the Clinical Practitioner in Residence for the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic. Prior to joining Elon, she directed the statewide Immigration Legal Services program of Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas, which provided representation to hundreds of refugees and political asylees each year. 

There will be light refreshments and all are welcome! Hope you can join in on the conversation!

This is part of a Wednesday evening discussion series, Beyond Faith and Reason, focusing on social and environmental justice concerns while considering how our faiths and worldviews inform response.