Managing the Credible Fear Interview - Recording (.MP3)

Managing the Credible Fear Interview - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 07/27/2017
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU AS2017-07-27-DL

The credible fear interview is an important step in the asylum process. The results of the interview can be the difference between success and failure for an asylum application. Join our panel of experts for a discussion of how best to prepare for this interview to maximize the chances for success in immigration court.

Featured Topics

  • What Is a "Credible Fear of Persecution or Torture" and How Do You Prove It?
  • Understanding the Credible Fear Process and Your Role
  • Preparing the Client for the Interview
  • Seeking Review of a Negative Credible Fear Determination
  • For Better or Worse: Addressing the Credible Fear Interview in Immigration Court
  • The Future of the Credible Fear Process Under the Trump Administration


Lisa R. Green (DL), Boulder, CO
Lisa R. Green taught at Suffolk Law School in Boston, Massachusetts from 1987-1990, where she also worked with an organization aiding asylum seekers from El Salvador and Guatemala. Thereafter, Ms. Green joined the law firm of Stern and Elkind in Denver, where she specialized in immigration law from 1990 until 2006. During that time, she set up the pro bono legal department at the Rocky Mountain Survivor’s Center and was instrumental in starting AILA’s Young Lawyers Division. Ms. Green opened her own firm in Boulder, Colorado in October 2006 and continues to specialize in and practice immigration law. She is also an adjunct professor of law at University of Colorado Law School where she has been teaching asylum and refugee law since 2011. Ms. Green is co-founder of the Colorado Asylum Project and serves as a mentor attorney for that organization as well as the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network. Ms. Green has also served as the Colorado liaison to the Houston Asylum Office. Additionally, she has lectured on various areas of immigration law throughout the United States.

Daniel Thomann, Chicago, IL
Daniel Thomann focuses on removal defense, appeals, and federal litigation. He also represents clients seeking asylum and related relief before ICE/CBP, the Asylum Office, and the EOIR. He is on AILA's National Pro Bono Committee and immediate past co-chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. He is also President of Volunteer Immigrant Defense Advocates (VIDA), a nonprofit primarily serving unaccompanied children in East Tennessee who are in removal proceedings. He has been active in the representation of women and children who were detained at Artesia and Dilley through CARA and the AILA Artesia Pro Bono Project, including post-release appellate representation before the BIA and various Circuit Courts.

Kathryn E. Shepherd, American Immigration Council Legal Fellow, Washington, DC
Kathryn E. Shepherd is a Legal Fellow at the American Immigration Council, where she focuses on legal advocacy and policy related to the asylum-seeking women and children detained in family detention centers around the country. Before joining the Council in August 2016, Katie was the Managing Attorney of the CARA Pro Bono Project in Dilley, Texas, where she managed a team of lawyers, advocates, and volunteers providing legal services to asylum-seeking women and children detained in Dilley, Texas. For almost ten years, Katie has worked to advance and protect the rights of noncitizens seeking humanitarian relief in the United States. Before her work with CARA, she ran a private practice in Houston, Texas where she focused exclusively on asylum cases. Katie holds a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and her B.A. in History with Special Honors from the University of Texas at Austin.

The speaker's/author’s views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author’s experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.