Training Materials for Use in Your Organisation
The National Immigrant Justice Center's Basic Procedural Manual for Asylum Representation
The National Immigrant Justice Center's Basic Procedural Manual for Asylum Representation (http://www.asylumlaw.org/docs/united_states/manual.pdf) is recommended. Although much of it deals with US law and procedure that may not be relevant in other jurisdictions, some sections, like "Preparing for the Hearing on the Merits" starting on p. 35, have lots of good general information on how to interview clients and prepare a case.
The Midwest Immigrant and Human Rights Center’s Immigration Equality Asylum Manual
The Midwest Immigrant and Human Rights Center's Immigration Equality Asylum Manual can be found online at (http://www.immigrationequality.org/issues/law-library/lgbth-asylum-manual ). The manual focuses mainly on LGBT claims, but it also provides general asylum practice advice.
The Advocates for Human Rights’ Pro Bono Asylum Representation Manual: An Overview of Asylum Law & Procedure
The Advocates for Human Rights' Pro Bono Asylum Representation Manual can be found online at (http://www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/uploads/pro+bono+asylum+representation+manual+2009.pdf). Applicable practice information generally starts on p. 21 with “Preparing the Asylum Application,” “Interviewing the Client,” “Establishing Trust with Your Client,” “Overcoming Cultural Barriers,” “Dealing with Psychological Barriers,” “Interviewing through an Interpreter,” various “Practice Pointers,” “Affidavits,” “Corroborative Evidence,” “Personal Documentation,” “Material Witnesses,” “Country Conditions Documentation,” “Expert Witnesses,” etc.
Researching Country of Origin Information
"Researching Country of Origin Information" that could be useful to some academics who have no experience in writing declarations on behalf of asylum seekers. It includes all the relevant refugee laws for those of you who may need background on the 1951 Convention and other legal matters pertinent to refugees. There are also links to declarations or expert opinions published by various organisations that you can easily access. You can find the document and download it as a pdf file here: http://www.coi-training.net/content/doc/en-COI%20Manual%20Part%20I%20plus%20Annex%2020060426.pdf
Books Recommended for Basic Training in Refugee Status Determination
The American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Asylum Primer by Regina Germain
The current, 6th edition sells for $109, $79 for members, at (http://www.ailapubs.org/ailasprim.html).The Table of Contents (http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/aila/AsylumTOC6th.pdf) lists appendices and subsections on “Interviewing and Intake,” “Practice Pointers for Completing the Asylum Application,” “Sample Declaration,” “Checklist for Preparing for the Asylum Interview,” “Sample Closing Statement,” “Checklist for Supporting Documentation,” “Sample Index of Supporting Documentation,” “Sample Affidavits (Country Conditions; Medical),” “Preparing for the Hearing,” “Practice Pointers on Direct and Cross-Examination of the Asylum Applicant,” “Sample Brief,” “Selected Resources for Country Condition Information,” “Recommended Texts and Tools,” etc.
Law of Asylum in the United States by Deborah E. Anker
Law of Asylum in the United States can be found on Amazon at (http://www.amazon.com/Asylum-United-States-Immigration-Library/dp/0314903348/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318507653&sr=1-1).