CLINIC, along with allies, filed a request for a hearing with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights arguing that DOJ EOIR violates the human rights of asylum seekers because certain immigration courts within the U.S. system have virtually denied all asylum claims before them. The nation-wide average asylum grant rate in immigration courts is slightly above 50%. But in the Atlanta, GA immigration court, for example, the grant rate is only 2%, meaning 98% of claims are denied. The request for a hearing argued that these courts fail to provide meaningful access to asylum and are therefore “asylum free zones” that violate the U.S. obligation of nonrefoulement.
The Commission granted our hearing request and Michelle Mendez, representing CLINIC, testified on December 9, 2016 , the video for which is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtnPmtz08u4