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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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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Supreme Court Hears Immigration Case Asserting Discrimination Against Unmarried American Fathers

Written by on November 17, 2016 in Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 0 Comments
Supreme Court Hears Immigration Case Asserting Discrimination Against Unmarried American Fathers

Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Lynch v. Morales-Santana, a case that will decide whether the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) unlawfully favors mothers over fathers of children born out-of-wedlock when granting citizenship to their children born abroad. In determining whether a U.S. citizen parent may transfer his or her citizenship to […]

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Ninth Circuit Finds Court Has No Authority to Hear Lawsuit Seeking Access to Counsel for Children

Ninth Circuit Finds Court Has No Authority to Hear Lawsuit Seeking Access to Counsel for Children

In 2014, a legal challenge was mounted against the federal government for its failure to provide legal representation to indigent children in deportation proceedings. The case, F.L.B.. v. Lynch was brought by the American Immigration Council, American Civil Liberties Union, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP. Despite some victories over […]

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