Facts & Figures
One of the most important parts of being able to help asylum seekers is being able to understand the situations they are facing. At the end of the day, one of the most important facts to remember is that asylum seekers are human. Our aim must be to help provide them with a life that is absent of persecution and holds respect for basic human rights.
711,017 Cases are pending
In 2016, the U.S. immigration court and asylum systems were backlogged with more than 700,000 pending cases.
The backlogs resulted in combined wait times of up to six years for asylum-seekers.
Those applying for asylum affirmatively wait, on average, at least two years for their initial interview with an asylum officer.
Asylum Seekers without representation are 9 times more likely to be denied
Due to problems such as language barriers, a lack of understanding of the immigration court system, and other factors, not being represented is often the difference between being granted versus being rejected asylum. This problem is further exacerbated by the fact that asylum seekers most in need of having their applications accepted are often the least likely to receive representation.
What does it mean to escape persecution?
People come to the United States seeking protection because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to: Race, Religion, Nationality, Membership in a particular social group, and/or Political opinion.
Examples of conflicts involving persecution include but are limited to the Syrian Civil War, Somali Civil War, and the Sudanese Conflict. To learn more, read the United Nation's report on the global conflicts leading to asylum seekers fleeing their home countries.