Introduces students to immigration and asylum law, in the United States. Students will work with, instructor on several asylum cases for which, instructor serves as expert witness for country, conditions. Countries we cover include Mexico,, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Venezuela., Asylum claims cover a variety of topics, including, political persecution, drug cartel and gang, violence, sexual violence, and gender and sexual, orientation-based discrimination. Guest speakers, will include immigration lawyers, immigration, advocates, and immigration law professors., Students will apply liberal-arts research and, writing skills to draft declarations for asylum, petitioners, and they will work in teams on, several cases during the semester, participating, in intake interviews with clients to hearings, before an immigration judge.