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Resources for researching immigration, asylum and human rights issues.
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Asylum and Immigration Research Guides

For further information on researching asylum, immigration and refugee law, see section 8 of Specialized Legal Research (Law Reserve and Law Ref Desk KF240 S63 1987).

Some helpful web sites for asylum, immigration and refugee research include:


Research Strategy

The first step in your research should be to familiarize yourself with the relevant statutes and regulations affecting your particular immigration sitution. For this you should use the US primary sources and secondary sources.

If you are preparing an asylum case, the next step is to broaden your research to look at the following: country conditions, relevant international law, relevant foreign law and secondary sources.

There are additional research guides which might also be of help below. Also, if you are trying to keep up with developments in the area, check out the list of current awareness resources.


Case Docket Information

For docket information on cases litigated in the federal courts, use Westlaw or PACER. If using Westlaw, you can access the full directory of the Westlaw dockets databases by clicking on "Directory" from the main search page and then, under the "Litigation" heading, selecting "Dockets." If using PACER, please contact the reference librarians for the PACER password that has been dedicated for use by the Clinical Programs.  Westlaw also provides access to selected state court docket information.  If you're having trouble finding a docket, please see a reference librarian.



In addition to legal research, students in the clinical programs need to perform investigative research tasks involving people, organizations, or assets. When Finding and Investigating People, you may need to locate contact information, vital records, neighbor and landlord information, criminal records, professional licenses, or motor vehicle registrations. Investigating Companies & Organizations involves locating contact information for companies and charitable organizations, business filings, news, and case law. Finding Information on Assets & Valuations includes locating information on liens and judgments, individual's real and personal property, company assets, and income.


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