Asylum Program Seminars & Lunchtime Workshop

Wednesday December 05

  • By: Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Time Zone: Pacific Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
    131 Steuart Street
    Suite 400
    San Francisco, CA

Gang violence and Asylum Law - Developing legal theories and strong records for asylum seekers fleeing violence by organized gangs: Organized, violent, gangs have severely restricted the freedom of movement and social engagement of families, youths and young women in countries with weak police and judicial protections. Gangs threaten young boys and girls with forcible recruitment, making it difficult for youth to pursue studies and employment opportunities in the face of threatened violence. Young women face being appropriated by gang members. Shop owners and transport workers face extortion. Victims fear to seek help from police. Society is profoundly impacted where gangs are able to exert shadow control over communities in defiance of the authorities. What legal theories have been advanced under asylum law for persons fleeing gang violence in their homelands?

Presentation and moderated discussion by:

  • Lisa Frydman, Managing Attorney, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, UC Hastings
  • Katie Roney, pro bono attorney, Morrison & Foerster

RSVP to Silvia Contreras at Free to all. Bring your lunch and join the discussion.

  • CLE Credit Comments: Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights certifies that the above activity has been approved for 1 hour MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.