Putting TRAC to Work
  Policy and Public Interest Groups
January 9, 2018

Fact Sheet: U.S. Immigration and Central American Asylum Seekers
By Maureen Meyer and Elyssa Pachico

A successful asylum application also largely depends on access to legal counsel. A 2015 study by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) showed that without legal representation, only 1.5 percent of women with children who had passed their credible fear interviews were given asylum in the United States. A recent study by TRAC also showed a concerning increase in the number of denials of asylum claims as well as in the number of asylum seekers handling their cases without legal representation. As the administration pushes to expand detention for asylum seekers, their access to legal counsel will be further limited.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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