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IARLJ Americas Chapter Conference

From August 01, 2018 until August 05, 2018
Categories: Americas Chapter

In his opening statement at the Protection Dialogue in Mexico City in March 2017, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Volker Türk said “[d]isplacement is a huge challenge, but also an opportunity for social transformation.  Despite the horrors they have endured, refugees discover strength and resilience while in displacement.  We need to empower them to contribute to their future and become agents of change.”

The IARMJ Americas Chapter Conference seeks to examine the theme of resilience in our asylum systems through an in depth analysis and discussions about:

  • the impact of trauma and displacement on refugees and asylum seekers;
  • the challenges and sensitivities associated with working with vulnerable populations;
  • the impact on adjudicators of heavy workloads and hearing protection claims on a daily basis;
  • recognizing and understanding our own biases and their potential impact on adjudications;
  • how lessons learned from recent border surges can help to inform the creation of more resilient systems and processes that are able to withstand large influxes of applicants and designed to protect legitimate asylum seekers while maintaining program quality and integrity; and
  • an exploration of generalized violence in the region and its impact on assessing persecution on account of a protected ground.

This conference is intended for judges/adjudicators of all levels working with member states’ asylum and resettlement programs. 

Join us in Washington, DC August 1-5 for the IARMJ Americas Chapter Conference.

  Conference Documents

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