Interviewing Refugee Children: Theory, Policy, and Practice with Traumatized Asylum Seekers

45 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2019

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Amit Jain

Independent

Joanne Lee

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

For detained children seeking asylum, the Credible Fear Interview (CFI) is highly consequential: those who do not pass are deported to countries in which they fear persecution or torture. We consider whether policies and practices during child CFIs ensure that complete information is elicited in the first instance. We uncover infirmities that prevent some child asylum seekers from fully exercising their rights. Accordingly, we propose reforms across all branches of government to protect minors in CFIs, including updated and better-enforced agency guidelines for child interviews, an end to child detention, habeas review, and appointment of counsel.

Suggested Citation

Jain, Amit and Lee, Joanne, Interviewing Refugee Children: Theory, Policy, and Practice with Traumatized Asylum Seekers (2018). Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, Vol. 29, No. 2, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3457828

Joanne Lee

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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