Thursday, July 30, 2015
The Vera Institute of Justice is seeking to better understand the challenges that limited English proficient (LEP) asylum seekers experience during asylum interviews before USCIS. To that end, they have developed a brief survey to gather information from immigration legal service providers about the challenges presented by the requirement that asylum seekers provide their own interpretation during interviews before USCIS.
Any attorney or BIA Accredited Representative who represents clients in asylum proceedings before USCIS is invited to complete this survey. This includes representatives of applicants who are applying affirmatively for asylum, as well as unaccompanied children who are seeking relief from removal through asylum before USCIS.
The survey can be accessed here: http://goo.gl/forms/RQUAEf74Ua. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, August 14.
The survey asks you to share some background information, information about finding, screening, and training interpreters, your views on how language barriers are addressed in the asylum process, and recommendations for improving access for LEP asylees. Each question includes an opportunity to elaborate on your response – which you are invited to do, as often as you like.