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The Asylumist is a blog about political asylum in the United States.  We hope it will serve as a forum for discussion about the law, policy, and politics of asylum.  We hope to hear from different people involved in the asylum process: asylum seekers, lawyers and advocates, academics, policy-types, health professionals, and activists.  We hope this website contributes to a better understanding of the asylum system in the United States.

For some basic information about asylum, see this posting from Human Rights First.

Another good starting point is the website for USCIS, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.

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Drew T November 24, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Jason, thanks for maintaining such a great blog. I am currently researching a project for which I am having trouble finding any information and wanted to know whether you, or any other readers, can help. Do you happen to know of any resources or statistics on overseas asylum requests or parole?



Jason Dzubow November 24, 2015 at 5:23 pm

I am not sure what you mean – to request asylum in the US, you must be physically present here. Do you mean people who are requesting protection at a US embassy?


Trisha October 2, 2015 at 2:01 pm

Curious to hear your take on this — African Americans claiming asylum in Africa? Does this have any merit?



Jason Dzubow October 4, 2015 at 10:17 pm

There was an interesting Washington Post op-ed recently about whether African American might qualify for political asylum. I have my doubts about whether most African Americans would qualify under international law (though some surely would qualify). I will check out the article if I have time – Thank you, Jason


aymn October 1, 2015 at 7:48 pm

hello . my name is aymen i have 19 years old I’m from Algeria. I’m suffering because i am gay I can not take it any more .Be beaten. And humiliation. And verbal abuse. Narrow everywhere in school street store i have no friends . I had a fight with my family they said you are sick you are abnormal bringing out many ideas about suicide .I read all the countries of human gay recourse social security and associations to help them Please help me, I want a better life in other country ( refuge) please help please . Sorry for spelling errors do not speak English well


Jason Dzubow October 2, 2015 at 6:44 am

If you are in the US, you can apply for asylum, and it seems you will have a strong case. There is an organization called Immigration Equality that might be able to help, or you can hire a private lawyer (like me),. Good luck, Jason


erick August 13, 2015 at 12:14 am

dear Atty. Dzubow, my name is erick, and I am a naturalized citizen from Peru since three years ago. I happened to visit your blogging website last day when checking on various articles concerning our country’s beleaguered immigration courts. I am very curious on this: what is the story of the immigration court system and is it viable to have an independent immig. court system?
best wishes.


Jason Dzubow August 13, 2015 at 6:24 am

There could be books written on that subject. Many judges want the courts to be independent (currently they are part of the Justice Department). I think that might help a bit, but the main problem is a lack of resources. I have written before about some ideas to improve the situation without additional money, since I think additional money is probably not coming anytime soon, and given that immigration is pretty specialized, I tend to think that it is a good idea to have a separate immigration court system.


Erick August 19, 2015 at 8:14 pm

Dear Mr. Dzubow,why USCIS offices,except those inside federal buoldings,have security screening checkpoints whereas social security and veterdan affairs do not? I have tried to find information regarding the history of our immigration courts,by the way.


Jason Dzubow August 19, 2015 at 10:06 pm

I have no idea, and I am not sure where you can get such information.


Esther May 5, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Thank you so much for this website !!
It helped me tremendously.
I did have a question as a Jew I have persecuted in my home country. I’m afraid to go back and don’t want to anymore.
Is asylum the way for me and my spouse ?
Thank you again


Jason Dzubow May 5, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Thank you. It could be an option depending on your situation. You are welcome to call me if you want to discuss. Good luck, Jason


Gabil February 24, 2015 at 7:53 am

Mr. Dzubow, thanks for the amazing and at the same time very informative resource where I could find answers on many questions.


Anabella February 15, 2015 at 1:22 am

Hi, I really like your blog, it has been very informative… I’m currently in backlog and will probably have to wait a long time since my case entered the system on January, 2015. I found out about that thanks to your blog.

Thank you,


Linda Rabben August 2, 2011 at 11:25 am

At last, a sane and articulate blog on asylum issues. Good for you!

I’d like to draw readers’ attention to my new book, “Give Refuge to the Stranger: The Past, Present and Future of Sanctuary” (Left Coast Press, 2011). It traces the history of sanctuary and asylum from their prehistoric origins to present-day asylum policies and grassroots sanctuary movements. I wrote it to inspire and encourage people who are working on behalf of asylum seekers and refugees.

I’m available to give talks about the book in the Washington, DC, area and beyond. The next one, cosponsored by a local Amnesty International group, will take place at Kensington Row Books, Kensington, MD, September 15 at 7:30 pm. I hope to see you there.


griselda ponce July 19, 2011 at 3:10 am

Am following you on twitter and larned about your sylum work representing Mexicans. I am an immigration atty in Austin tx. I repesent a Mxn asylum seeker, his spouse & children.

The principal is the son of a Mxn celebrity who’s brother was held for ransom by Zetas then released. He fled when they began theatening him and his children. Case is pending a recent M to Reconsider filing w/BIA.

Just wanted to see if you may be able to find the time to discuss your thoughts.


Jason Dzubow July 19, 2011 at 9:55 am

I am happy to do that – you can call me at 202-328-1353. Take Care, Jason


Jason Cohen November 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Hi Jason,

Awesome Blog and love the domain name! Keep the posts coming!

All the best,


Jason Dzubow May 13, 2010 at 11:00 am

Thanks – if your parents don’t approve, no one else will either.


Steven Dzubow May 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm


Your blog is very impressive and professional

Great job.


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