This webinar will focus on establishing a social group and proving nexus in asylum claims. We will highlight hot topics in social group analysis, including gang-based and gender-based asylum claims. This webinar presumes basic knowledge of asylum law, including understanding the key elements of an asylum claim.
Eunice Lee, Co-Legal Director - Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) Eunice Lee is Co-Legal Director of the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She helps lead the Center’s policy advocacy, research, litigation, and technical assistance programs. Prior to joining CGRS, she litigated cases challenging immigration detention and expanding access to education at the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project in New York and San Francisco. She previously served as the Albert M. Sacks Clinical Teaching and Advocacy Fellow at Harvard Law School's Immigration and Refugee Clinic. She received her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was Editor-and-Chief of the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal and President of the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association.
Erin Quinn has been an immigration defense attorney for over 10 years and holds a joint degree in law and public policy (JD/MPP) from the University of Michigan. At the ILRC, Erin’s work focuses on building capacity of organizations and practitioners to assist immigrants. She conducts trainings and provides legal expertise on immigration law through ILRC’s Attorney of the Day program. In addition, Erin has contributed to numerous ILRC publications as author or editor, including Removal Defense: Defending Immigrants in Immigration Court; Essentials of Asylum and many others. Prior to coming to the ILRC, Erin represented immigrants in all aspects of their immigration matters, with an emphasis on removal defense and complex cases. She was owner and attorney at her own firm for 5 years after defending immigrants as an associate at the Law Office of Robert B. Jobe. Her experience in immigration law and policy includes working as a fellow for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, EU headquarters in Belgium; clerking for the Immigration Court of San Francisco; and teaching courses as a lecturer at CSU Eastbay. Originally from Fresno, California, Erin loves teaching, language and travel. She lived in Romania for over two years as a Peace Corps volunteer and worked in Hungary as a teacher trainer. In addition she has traveled, studied and taught in Central America, South Africa and Europe. Erin is on the Advisory Council for the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), in which she serves as Pro Bono Coordinator and Liaison for Consumer Protection. She is a member of the California Bar.