Asylum Claims Based on Membership in a Particular Social Group (PSG)

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90 minutes

This webinar explores the “particular social group” (PSG) ground for asylum by providing an overview of case law and an indepth discussion on how to identify and articulate a social group that will pass legal muster. We cover many examples of social groups, such as those based on family ties, clan membership, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, gang recruitment and others. Participants will also learn how to properly address the “protected ground” requirement separately from the “nexus” requirements, and how to formulate asylum claims when the PSG is related to other possible grounds, such as political opinion, ethnicity, and religious beliefs.


Lourdes Martinez, ILRC Staff Attorney and co-author of ILRC's Asylum and Related Immigration Protections manual
Before joining ILRC, Lourdes worked as an immigration attorney at the Tahirih Justice Center in the DC metropolitan area, where she represented immigrant women and girls survivors of gender-based violence on immigration matters. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Rice University and her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, where she was awarded the JB & Maurice Shapiro Public Service Fellowship for her dedication to public interest law. While in law school, she worked on international human rights litigation involving cases from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean both, with the International Human Rights Clinic at GWU and as a law clerk with the Center for Justice and International Law in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Morgan Weibel, Staff Attorney, The Tahirih Justice Center
Prior to joining Tahirih, Morgan served as a Graduate Research Fellow at the UC Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, where she composed a protocol for the investigation of femicides (gender-motivated killings of women) and assisted Professor Karen Musalo in updating her course book on Refugee Law. During law school, she clerked in the Trial Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague Netherlands and in the Office of the President/Trial Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. She is co-author of Matter of S-E-G-: The final nail in the coffin for gang-related asylum claims? BLRLJ Vol. 20 (2010), which explores social group formulations across the Circuit courts in gang-related asylum claims.