Associated Press | September 20, 2016
ASAP client Suny Rodriguez discussed the U.S. government’s inhumane treatment of her and her son during their time in border detention centers. (Spanish-language source.)
Winning asylum for refugee women with children.
ASAP uses creative lawyering, an innovative model of remote representation, and large-scale volunteer mobilization to take on and win cases for refugee mothers and their families across the country. Knowing the dangerous repercussions of bureaucratic mistakes, ASAP focuses on representing women whom the government has already wrongfully denied asylum or ordered deported.
ASAP assists refugee mothers who have crossed the border with their children to seek safety in the United States. Families are fleeing life-threatening physical and sexual violence, including repeated beatings, attempted murder, and rape. Most are from Central America, with others traveling from countries as far as Syria, Eritrea, and Brazil. Upon arrival, the U.S. government separates families, incarcerating mothers and minor children in border detention centers run by private prison corporations.
ASAP works to end the wrongful detention and deportation of refugee women and children in the United States. Since its founding in the spring of 2015, ASAP has:
ASAP was founded in the spring of 2015 by four Yale law students—Conchita Cruz, Swapna Reddy, Dorothy Tegeler, and Liz Willis—to prevent the wrongful detention and deportation of refugee women and children.