Thank you for registering for tomorrow’s El Asilo es Un Derecho Humano: The Asylum Process Through the New Arrivals Lens session of Legal Aid Chicago’s Legal Aid Matters webinar series. To get the most out of the session, we would like to share six articles that can provide some helpful context:

  1. National Immigrant Justice Center, “Matter of A-R-C-G; Matter of A-B I and II; and Matter of L-E-A II; A Quick Reference Guide” (June 2021), for an overview of the changing landscape of domestic violence as a particular social group 

See Below for information on asylum adjudications:

  1. Syracuse University, TRAC, “Judge-by-Judge Asylum Decisions in Immigration Courts: FY 2017-2022” available at https:/;
  2. Syracuse University, TRAC, “Asylum Representation Rates Have Fallen Amid Rising Denial Rates” available at ;

Other resources:

  1. American Immigration Council, “Asylum in the United States” available at, for an additional overview on asylum;
  2. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, “Fact Sheet: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ‘Circumvention of Lawful Pathways'” available at , for additional information on the proposed transit ban for asylum seekers arriving at the southern border;
  3. For information on the Darién Gap : Los Angeles Times, “The Desperate Trek: Crossing the Darién Gap” available at

List of common immigration-related acronyms:

  • USCIS: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • CBP: Customs and Border Protection
  • ICE: Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • EOIR: Executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Court)
  • IJ: Immigration Judge
  • Parole: legal mechanism for granting an individual temporary entry to the U.S.
  • EAD: Employment Authorization Document
  • PSG: Particular Social Group (one of 5 protected grounds for asylum)
  • INA: Immigration and Nationality Act