Karolina Walters

Karolina (Caroline) Walters is a Staff Attorney at the American Immigration Council where she works to defend the rights of noncitizens through impact litigation, advocacy, and education. Before joining the Council, Caroline was the Associate Director of the American Bar Association’s Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice. Previously, Caroline worked as a Staff Attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) in San Antonio, Texas, where she focused on civil rights impact litigation in the areas of voting rights, immigrants’ rights, education, and employment. Prior to her time at MALDEF, Caroline was a Litigation Associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in New York City. Caroline holds a J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law and a Master of International Development from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

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New Court Filing Highlights the Government’s Official “Turnback Policy” for Asylum Seekers

New Court Filing Highlights the Government’s Official “Turnback Policy” for Asylum Seekers

Eight new asylum seekers joined a lawsuit last week that challenges U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials’ widespread and well-documented practice of turning back asylum seekers at U.S. ports of entry (POE) along the U.S.-Mexico border. The plaintiffs also amended the complaint in the lawsuit with new facts documenting an official “Turnback Policy” that […]

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Immigration Judges’ Union Fights for Judicial Independence

Immigration Judges’ Union Fights for Judicial Independence

The National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), the union that represents the nation’s immigration judges, is challenging the government’s decision to remove an immigration judge from a well-known case and replace him with a judge who immediately ordered the immigrant in the case deported. NAIJ’s grievance addresses the treatment of one immigration judge, but its […]

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United States Seeks to Reject Asylum Seekers by Designating Mexico a Safe Third Country

Written by on June 1, 2018 in Asylum, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
United States Seeks to Reject Asylum Seekers by Designating Mexico a Safe Third Country

For generations, the United States has opened its doors to individuals from around the world seeking safety and protection. The process of seeking asylum in the United States is rigorous and well-established under U.S. law. But in a cynical attempt to reject asylum seekers who present themselves at ports of entry along the U.S. southern […]

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Canadian Lawsuit Challenges the United States’ Designation as a Safe Country for Asylum Seekers

Canadian Lawsuit Challenges the United States’ Designation as a Safe Country for Asylum Seekers

The United States has historically been viewed as a nation that welcomes refugees fleeing from violence and persecution in their home countries. Yet, the Trump administration recently reiterated its proposal that Central American refugees seeking asylum in the United States should instead seek refuge in Mexico. As these debates on Mexico’s ability to take on […]

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Court Ensures That Asylum Seekers Will Receive a Fair Opportunity to Apply for Asylum

Court Ensures That Asylum Seekers Will Receive a Fair Opportunity to Apply for Asylum

A federal court judge in Seattle ordered the government to notify asylum seekers that they are required by law to file their asylum applications within one year of their entry, and to adopt and implement a procedure that will ensure that applicants are able to file their asylum applications by the deadline. This decision, issued […]

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Asylum Seekers Are Being Systematically Turned Away at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Asylum Seekers Are Being Systematically Turned Away at the U.S.-Mexico Border

It is an egregious, well-documented reality that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) frequently turns away people seeking asylum along the U.S. southern border. But new evidence presented to a federal district court on Monday shows that CBP’s practice of blocking access to asylum—through the use of misrepresentations about the asylum process, threats, abuse, and […]

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The Fight for Appointed Counsel for Immigrant Children Continues

Written by on August 10, 2017 in Due Process & the Courts, Right to Counsel with 0 Comments
The Fight for Appointed Counsel for Immigrant Children Continues

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument on Tuesday in C.J.L.G. v. Sessions – a case that raises grave due process concerns for indigent immigrant children. At issue is whether an immigrant child in deportation proceedings has a right to an appointed attorney when he cannot afford to hire one himself. For years, […]

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Groups Sue U.S. Government for Turning Away Asylum Seekers

Groups Sue U.S. Government for Turning Away Asylum Seekers

Men, women, and children fleeing persecution, grave violence, and even death arrive daily at Ports of Entry (POE) all along the U.S.-Mexico border and present themselves to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers to seek asylum in the United States. The right to seek asylum is guaranteed under both U.S. and international law, yet […]

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The Government Continues to Ignore the Rights of Children in Detention, Court Finds

The Government Continues to Ignore the Rights of Children in Detention, Court Finds

Despite being among some of the most vulnerable, children seeking asylum in the United States often fare the worst. Upon entering the United States, children are often detained for extended periods in violation of a long-standing agreement known as the Flores settlement. The Flores agreement essentially acts as a contract between the government and children […]

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America’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Reviewed by Regional Human Rights Body

America’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Reviewed by Regional Human Rights Body

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) heard testimony today about policies that prevent access to the U.S. asylum process for those fleeing grave danger in their home countries. U.S. law guarantees the right to seek asylum to all who flee persecution and arrive at our border looking for protection. And yet, the testimony heard […]

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