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Paralegal Studies

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Margaret Phillips, JD


There is much debate over the issue of allowing asylum seekers and refugees into the United States. Often, the terms “asylee” and “refugee” are used interchangeably, but they are distinct. This project aims to clarify the difference between asylum seekers and refugees. It will also explore the procedures for applying for asylum in the United States and Canada, both of which can be long and difficult processes. This research will demonstrate a service learning experience at Vive, a program of Jericho Road Community Health Center. Vive is a shelter for asylees in Buffalo, New York. About one hundred asylum seekers live at Vive at a given time, where they receive free legal assistance. The poster will examine and raise awareness about the issues that asylum seekers face. It will also show the positive impact asylees have on Buffalo and the surrounding communities.