Assembly Series: “Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Crisis in U.S. Policy”

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 • 4:00 pm
  • Room 310, Anheuser-Busch Hall

Listen to Panelists: Karen Musalo, Nicole Cortes, Katie Herbert Meyer, and Robert Sagastume discuss Refugees and Asylum Seekers in America. The discussion will be moderated by Stephen Legomsky.

Karen Musalo directs the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies and the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic. She is lead co-author of Refugee Law and Policy: An International and Comparative Approach (4th edition), and has contributed to the evolving jurisprudence of asylum law through her scholarship, as well as her litigation of landmark cases.

Nicole Cortés
is co-director of the MICA (Migrant & Immigrant Community Action) Project. Cortés graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2012 with a Masters of Social Work and her Juris Doctorate. Upon graduation, Nicole co-founded the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action (MICA) Project with a law school classmate, Jessica Mayo. She heads the MICA Project’s efforts to reach out to the Latino community and is experienced at addressing the non-legal needs of her clients in the context of immigration law.

Katie Herbert Meyer is the Supervising Attorney and Program Coordinator of the MICA (Migrant & Immigrant Community Action) Project. Prior to joining the MICA Project, she practiced immigration law at the Bleisch Law Firm in St. Louis.  Before that, she was the Legal Director at Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants. She has also taught Immigration Law and Policy as an Adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Law.

Robert Sagastume was an undocumented child from Honduras. Sagastume has a Master’s degree in Social Welfare with a focus in policy and non-profit management at Washington University in St. Louis. Sagastume’s former experience includes advocacy work with Kansas Missouri Dream Alliance (KSMODA) and practicum work with Kingdom House. He is currently a Student Advisor for The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis.

Stephen Legomsky is a former actuary, Legomsky graduated first in his class at the University of San Diego School of Law, Day Division, before obtaining a D.Phil (Doctor of Philosophy) degree from the University of Oxford. His book, Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy (now co-authored with Prof. Cristina Rodríguez of NYU, starting with the fifth edition) has been adopted as the required text for immigration courses at 172 U.S. law schools since its inception. He is currently a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis.

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