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Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.

 – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.

 – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

project HEARD

Help Exchange Asylum Resources for Domestic violence victims

Over the past four years, the outgoing administration in the United States has worked continuously to undermine asylum protections for many vulnerable populations, including domestic violence victims. A disconcerting number of people continue to suffer horrendous violence at the hands of their abusers where the government in their country of origin is unable or unwilling to protect them; yet, the outgoing administration deliberately and repeatedly took significant steps to rewrite asylum law, in effect, categorically denying asylum protection to domestic violence victims, many who are women from Central America.

Fortunately, attempts to overhaul the asylum jurisprudence have mobilized dedicated asylum advocates to come together and support one another. FIRN is honored to join in that effort with its “Project HEARD (Help Exchange Asylum Resources for Domestic violence victims) in the 4th Circuit.” With funding from Borealis Philanthropy, Project HEARD in the 4th was launched to create a free, collaborative resource portal for nonprofit organization and immigration practitioners who represent domestic violence victims in the 4th Circuit.

Currently in its development stage, Luminus is seeking immigrations practitioners and advocates to become users to contribute contents for its Project HEARD portal. If you have handled asylum cases on behalf of domestic violence victims within the past five years, or are considering handling them in the future, please click “Request Access” at the bottom of this page. FIRN will verify your credentials to ensure that there is no conflict of interest. Upon approval, you will have access to the portal, where you can upload and share helpful resources. In addition, you will have access to an index of recent cases in the 4th Circuit, and hopefully in the near future, practice pointers based on specific criteria (e.g., judge and DHS attorney), model briefs, and referrals.

 

Luminus hopes that Project HEARD in the 4th will serves as a catalyst for an enduring change in litigation of domestic violence-based asylum cases in the 4th Circuit, and that you will join us to achieve that vision. If you have any questions about Project HEARD in the 4th or the portal, or have suggestions, please contact us by submitting the form at the bottom of this page.

recent cases

Find summaries of recent IJ, BIA, and 4th Circuit decisions in domestic violence-based asylum cases. Search by terms, judges, attorneys, and country of origin. 

model briefs

Find model briefs drafted by other immigration practitioners who have litigated domestic violence-based asylum claims in the 4th Circuit. 

practice pointers

Find helpful litigation and practice tips shared by other immigration practitioners who have litigated domestic violence-based asylum claims in the 4th Circuit. 

expert info

Find expert information  and evaluation submitted by other immigration practitioners who have litigated domestic violence-based asylum claims in the 4th Circuit. 

referral directory

Find information on other immigration practitioners who litigate domestic violence-based asylum claims in the 4th Circuit. Search by jurisdiction and interest in pro bono assignment.

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Help Exchange Asylum Resources for Domestic violence victims