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December 07, 2022

Engaging Country Conditions Experts in Asylum Cases

Date:  December 7, 2022 



Country conditions experts can be critical in asylum cases providing evidence and bolster the client’s credibility. In this virtual training, country conditions experts and immigration attorneys will share successful strategies in working together before and during the asylum case, tips for testimony preparations with country conditions experts, and special considerations when working with children and youth. Panelists will share their insights, experiences, and practical pointers.

The presentation aims to deliver tailored guidance for advocates working on asylum cases or considering taking on an asylum case.


  • Dr. Lauren Heidbrink, MA/MS, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Human Development, California State University Long Beach

  • Anne Dutton, Staff Attorney, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, University of California Hastings College of Law

  • Dr. Amelia Frank-Vitale, Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, Program in Latin American Studies, Princeton University

  • S. Ellie Norton, Senior Practitioner in Residence, Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic, Seton Hall University School of Law
  • Moderator: Laura Egan, Managing Attorney, Children’s Immigration Law Academy



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