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          Thursday, August 29, 2013

          Prof Karen Musalo on Failed U.S. Policy on Asylum to Escape Sex Trafficking

          The legal travails of an Albanian refugee named Johana Cece illustrate a persistent obstacle facing female refugees who have escaped domestic abuse, sex trafficking, or forced marriage in their home countries and made it to the U.S.: Because no presidential administration has ever clearly spelled out how the “particular social group” category applies to women, a woman’s fate usually relies on the whims of the judge hearing her case.

          “The lack of guidance has led to some terribly arbitrary decision-making,” said Karen Musalo, the director of the UC Hastings' Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS).

          To Musalo and the rest of the refugee advocate community, if the asylum statute were always applied correctly, women would have no trouble convincing judges that they are targeted based on their gender, and that that is grounds for an asylum claim. In fact, clarifying the statute by issuing a new, joint rule from the Department of Justice and Homeland Security is one of the Obama administration’s unmet priorities.

          “Female genital cutting—that, I think you’d be hard pressed to find a court that doesn’t think that’s a basis for asylum,” said Simona Agnolucci '06, an intellectual property and commercial attorney who represents women seeking refugee status pro bono. “But in the case of forced marriage, there’s only one circuit court that has recognized that as a form of persecution. Domestic violence is still in flux. Sex-trafficking is still in flux.”

          Read the full story from New Republic.

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          Friday, May 27, 2016

          Prof. Veena Dubal's Objection on behalf of Uber Drivers featured in LA Times

          "When lawyer Veena Dubal heard last month that Uber drivers seeking to be recognized as employees rather than independent contractors might settle their class-action lawsuit before it went to trial, she cried."
          Tuesday, May 17, 2016

          UC Hastings Graduates Earn Certificates in Child Advocacy

          Olivia Mendoza, Jeanette Acosta, and Grecia Ceja '16 recognized by Legal Services for Children.
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          How To Conduct Investigative Interviews

          Tips From Staci Dresher '03, Private Eye
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          Staci Dresher '03: From Lawyer to Global Private Eye

          “Facts make cases go away, they put money in the pockets they belong, they bring wrongdoers to justice.”
          Wednesday, May 11, 2016

          From 200 McAllister Street to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

          3L Andrew Demirchyan has spent the last few months of his law school career working as a legal intern at the White House. In this Q&A, he shares details about fulfilling a lifelong dream and, yes, meeting President Obama.
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