Florence Project guides
These are booklets first prepared by the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (Florence Project) in 2002, revised in 2011, and currently available online via the “Self Help Materials” page of the Office of Legal Access Programs, Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR).
Materials provided by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)
but see also Lesson Plan for February 2014
If USCIS does not provide you/your client with a credible or reasonable fear interview, ASK for one.
The asylum officers record information from the credible fear or reasonable fear interview on Form I-870.
If an asylum officer does not find you/your client has a credible fear or a reasonable fear, ask for judicial review. Or ask for the Asylum Office to review its finding and conduct a new interview. The following successful request came after a judge had already upheld a negative reasonable fear finding and reinstated the removal order for the person.
REDACTED Successful request to Asylum Office to review negative reasonable fear finding_Redacted Attachments are not included
Judges are not likely to reschedule a review of a negative credible or reasonable fear finding. The following is an unsuccessful motion to change the date of the judicial review:
And here is the response from the Houston Asylum Office denying a (weak) request to re-interview a client for whom the asylum officer had failed to find a credible fear, after the immigration judge had upheld that negative credible fear finding.
Articles and blog posts
Sara Campos and Joan Friedland, “Mexican American and Central American Asylum and Credible Fear Claims: Background and Context,” American Immigration Council May 21, 2014, last accessed 10/5/2015
AND FOR NEWS AND ART AND ACTIONS: EndFamilyDetention.com