A discussion on the current U.S. administration’s attempts to decrease the number of and the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, the stories of those individuals affected by the administration’s policies, and the current legal challenges advanced to fight to protect the rights of refugees and asylees.
Julie Kornfeld is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. As a staff attorney and former Skadden Fellow at the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), she practices international refugee law and U.S. humanitarian immigration law. Before joining IRAP, Kornfeld was a Program and Refugee Asylum Law Fellow at the Human Rights Watch, an extern at Lawyers for Human Rights in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a Dean’s Public Interest Fellow at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Caribbean Protection Unit. Kornfeld has also represented human trafficking survivors through the University of Michigan Human Trafficking Clinic. Prior to her legal career, Kornfeld worked for a development NGO in Uganda, addressing the needs of refugees and internally displaced persons in Uganda. Kornfeld is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Michigan Law School.
Stephen Poellot is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He is the legal director and a founding director of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law. Prior to becoming IRAP’s legal director, he was a Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellow, working at IRAP and at the Resettlement Legal Aid Project of Saint Andrew’s Refugee Services in Cairo, Egypt. He was also a Kirby Simon Summer Fellow at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland. He is a graduate of Columbia College and Yale Law School. University School of Law.