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The Huffington Post
October 30, 2015

For Asylum Seekers, Representation Can Mean the Difference Between Life and Death
By Ashley Kaper

The U.S. immigration system is increasingly complicated and almost impossible to navigate without the help of legal counsel. In September, a Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse report found that nearly half a million cases are pending before U.S. immigration courts and that on average there is a 635 day-wait time for cases to be heard, an all-time high. Many refugees wait years in legal limbo from the time their cases are filed to the time their hearings are scheduled. That's why pro bono representation is so critical. In the past year Human Rights First in Houston has consulted with nearly 500 people to assess asylum eligibility, and with our pro bono partners, accepted 55 cases. We work with over 15 Houston-area firms, and have trained dozens of lawyers to help people fleeing violence and persecution all over the world.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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