Original Date AnnouncedApril 30, 2019
USCIS released revised training guidelines for asylum officers, omitting a paragraph from the previous version that advised interviewers to consider that asylum seekers may not have all the evidence to demonstrate credible fear of persecution upon first arriving in the United States. [ID #95]Lesson Plan Overview: Credible Fear of Persecution and Torture Determinations
Effective DateApril 30, 2019
Subsequent Trump-Era and Court Action(s)
October 31, 2020
Kiakombua v. Wolf Opinion
A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of several asylum seekers challenging new policies contained in “credible fear” lesson plans for asylum seekers. According to the order, the lesson plans are vacated in their entirety and the government must bring back, at government expense, the two named plaintiffs who had been deported before the case was filed so that they can be re-screened. The case is Kiakombua v. Wolf, Case No. 1:19-cv-01872 (D.D.C.).
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