Amnesty Group 137 Online Meeting:  Border Asylum - The Latest Developments

Amnesty Group 137 Online Meeting: Border Asylum - The Latest Developments

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Group 137 online meeting with discussion of the latest developments about border asylum issues, including detention conditions

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Join us Monday, May 10, at 7:00 pm. for our monthly (virtual) meeting. This month we will get an update on asylum issues at the U.S. Mexico border from Bardis Vakili, Senior Staff Attorney with the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties.

Please register. A Zoom link will be emailed to those registered the day of the meeting.

PRESENTER:

Bardis Vakili is a Senior Staff Attorney with the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties. Mr. Vakili's primary areas of focus are immigrants’ rights and the rights of youth and children. For his work in the field of immigrants’ rights, Vakili has received a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award in 2017 and a National Lawyer’s Guild’s Daniel Levy Award in 2008. He has worked with the ACLU for over 10 years and previously served as director of the political asylum program at Casa Cornelia Law Center in San Diego.

BACKGROUND:

Every day, all over the world, people make one of the most difficult decisions in their lives: to leave their homes in search of a safer, better life. Amnesty International campaigns to make sure governments honor their shared responsibility to protect the rights of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants. We condemn any policies and practices that undermine the rights of people on the move.

In March 2020, the previous administration began misusing health measures responding to COVID-19 to effectively shut down access to the asylum system. This has resulted in the summary expulsion of over 500,000 immigrants and asylum-seekers. Amnesty International has urged the U.S. government to immediately restore meaningful access to asylum and that U.S. agencies take steps to create a fairer, trauma-informed asylum system that treats people seeking protection in the United States humanely.

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