News & Events

June 23, 2021– Raquel E. Aldana, “Two Days at the Nogales Border,” UC Davis School of Law Faculty Blog [Cross-posted from ImmigrationProf Blog] Revised edition posted June 24, 2021.

Past Events

Latina & Latino Critical Legal Theory (LatCrit), 21st Biennial Conference, “Trauma as Exclusion: Trauma as Inclusion”

Friday, October 8, 2021
The team presented the current status of our project at the LatCrit conference with additional insight by Alea Skwara, Ph.D. Candidate, Psychology. You can view our presentation slides here.

UC Davis Global Migration Center, “Bridging the Legal-Scientific Divide in Immigration Forensic Assessments

Thursday, April 29, 2021
The team presented the current status of our project, introducing the audience to the distinct ways that trauma is understood across disciplines and across cultures. You can view our PowerPoint here.

Skills Development Workshop – Crisis Intervention with Asylum Seekers – Tips, Tools & Advice for Helpers

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 2:00 – 4:00PM EST or Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 10:00AM – 12:00PM EST

For those who work with asylum seekers, it’s more often a question of when a client will experience a crisis as opposed to if.

Appropriate for both professional and paraprofessional audiences, this workshop will give participants gain greater insight into their role in a crisis situation, teach helpful tools and techniques, and offer a practical framework proven to help asylum seekers plan and problem-solve their way out of crisis during COVID and beyond.

$240 per seat for this interactive virtual workshop. Click here to secure your spot, limited to 25 participants. Questions? Contact

Asylum algorithms: Unpacking USCIS’s plan to use AI to prescreen asylum applications

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 7:00PM
Public · Hosted by NorCal Resist
Summary: In this presentation, Jeremy Rud will give an overview of USCIS’s plan to use “text analytics to look for boilerplate language” to detect “fraud” in asylum applications, a function of the Asylum Vetting Center currently in development. By comparing human and algorithmic readings of a group of asylum narratives, he will raise several concerns about this practice from linguistic, policy, and human rights perspectives.