Asylum Decisions by Immigration Judges: Latest Findings and Reports
Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM (Eastern US)
- What is TRAC?
- Research Center at Syracuse University (established 1989)
- Co-directors: Professors Susan B. Long and David Burnham
- Self-supporting: Webinar funded by Four Freedoms Fund
- Database dumps obtained by FOIAs and then analyzed by TRAC are the basis for these reports:
- Where the data come from: case-by-case records on all Immigration Court Proceedings
- Terminology: Basic types of court outcomes
- Methodology: When useful comparisons can and cannot be made
- Every case is unique -- so how can judge records be meaningfully compared?
- Random assignment of cases is needed for meaningful comparison
- Even with random assignment can only meaningfully compare judges making a sufficiently large number of asylum decisions [reliance on the "law of large numbers"]
- Overview of TRAC Findings:
- Discussion -- attendee questions
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