AILA's Asylum Primer: A Practical Guide to U.S. Asylum Law and Procedure, 8th ed.

AILA's Asylum Primer: A Practical Guide to U.S. Asylum Law and Procedure, 8th ed.

AILA's Asylum Primer: A Practical Guide to U.S. Asylum Law and Procedure, 8th ed. (eBook)
Release Date: 08/30/2019
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eBook 1,680 pages 978-1-57370-432-8

The new edition of AILA's Asylum Primer is the comprehensive, practical guide to U.S. asylum law and procedure that has been updated to address all changes since the release of the last edition in 2015.

The new edition includes:

  • Matter of A-B- and Grace v. Whitaker-related updates and practice pointers addressing gang violence and gender-based persecution, particular social groups, nexus, persecution by non-state actors, internal relocation, and discretion;
  • An updated "Hot Topics" chapter addressing case law developments in claims based on gang- and gender-based violence;
  • Updates addressing attorney general certifications and new BIA case law, including: Matter of E-F-H-L-, Matter of Castro Tum, Matter of A-B-, Matter of L-A-B-R-, Matter of S-O-G- & F-O-B-, Matter of M-G-G-and Matter of M-S-, Matter of Negusie, and Matter of L-E-A-, and more;
  • Updates and practice pointers addressing changes in immigration court practice;
  • Updates and practice pointers relating to the Trump administration's proclamations, executive orders, and policy changes, including:
    • family separation and reunification;
    • increased detention of asylum seekers;
    • "Remain in Mexico" and the Migration Protection Protocols;
    • “last in, first out” processing of affirmative asylum claims;
    • the refugee travel ban;
    • the "asylum ban";
    • the border wall;
    • and more.


  • new chapters on seeking asylum protection at the border and representing asylum seekers with removal orders; and
  • a new section on client representation skills and how to meet your clients' burden of proof.

The Asylum Primer is the all-in-one reference that is:

  • a comprehensive, procedural "walk-through" of the entire U.S. asylum process from an asylum-seeker's entry into the country through his or her acquisition of U.S. citizenship;
  • a manual of strategies and practical guidance for creative and zealous advocacy; and
  • a guide to sources of U.S. asylum law and historical development.

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Dree K. Collopy, author of AILA’s Asylum Primer, is a leading authority on U.S. asylum law and policy. As a partner of Benach Collopy LLP in Washington, DC, Ms. Collopy represents and defends asylum seekers before the Department of Homeland Security, the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s Immigration Courts and Board of Immigration Appeals, and the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals. While she focuses her practice on asylum matters, she also represents individuals seeking all forms of relief from removal, VAWA and U visa petitions, waivers of inadmissibility, family and employment-based visas, adjustment of status, and naturalization to U.S. citizenship. Ms. Collopy is known for her zealous and creative advocacy, methodical and thorough presentation of facts, evidence, and legal arguments, and impeccable and compassionate client service.

Ms. Collopy has authored several book chapters, articles, practice pointers, and op-eds, and she frequently lectures on cutting edge immigration issues. A recognized asylum expert, she serves as Chair of the AILA National Asylum and Refugee Committee. In that capacity, Ms. Collopy advocates for the fair and accurate implementation of U.S. asylum laws, keeps AILA’s membership informed about key changes in U.S. asylum law and policy, produces useful practice advisories and alerts to assist AILA members in representing their asylum-seeking clients, and builds relationships and works cooperatively with government officials to seek justice and equality for asylum seekers. She also makes regular and significant contributions to AILA’s policy and media advocacy efforts addressing asylum-related issues.

Ms. Collopy is deeply committed to the pro bono representation of indigent clients and securing their access to counsel. She mentors pro bono attorneys, develops case materials and strategies for the representation of detained women and children refugees, and serves on working groups developing nationwide policy advocacy and litigation strategies on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers.

Ms. Collopy was awarded one of the AILA’s highest honors, the Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award, for her outstanding contributions made in the field of immigration and nationality law, and in both 2013 and 2016, she was awarded the AILA President’s Commendation Award for her work in advancing and defending the cause of refugees and asylum seekers.

Ms. Collopy brings to the Asylum Primer over a decade of practical experience representing asylum seekers from all over the world and in every stage of the application process, whether the applicant is detained at the border upon entry, seeking asylum affirmatively after ten months or ten years in the United States, pursing asylum in defense of removal from the United States, or continuing a long journey toward protection through administrative or judicial review. She also brings to the Primer years of experience working with government officials, collaborating with other asylum experts across the country, and advocating in the media, on Capitol Hill, and in the White House to effectuate positive change for refugees and asylum seekers. Ms. Collopy understands how U.S. asylum law is applied in real-life settings and how to effectively present a compelling case before an adjudicator. She understands the evolution of asylum law and policy and the serious impact, both positive and negative, of even the smallest changes. She understands the range of services needed by asylum seekers and their family members. And she understands the challenges and rewards of representing victims of persecution and torture and their families.

Ms. Collopy earned her J.D. and Certificate in Law and Public Policy at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish at Grinnell College. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she enjoys spending time with her husband Justin, their daughter Emery, and their dog Snoop, hosting friends and family at their home, relieving stress at Orange Theory Fitness, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and Washington Nationals.