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UI law students discuss work as volunteers in political asylum program
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A group of University of Iowa law students who spent
part of winter break providing free legal help to immigrants seeking political
asylum in the United States will hold a panel discussion at 12:40 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 29 in Room 285 of the Boyd Law Building to talk about their
The six students volunteered to help the Harlingen, Texas-based program,
ProBAR, during the week Jan. 4 through Jan. 9. Working under the guidance
of ProBAR attorneys, the students represented four people -- two from Guatemala,
one from Honduras, and one from Jamaica -- in hearings before federal judges,
asking that the immigrants be given political asylum in the United States.
In each case, the students were opposed by lawyers from the Immigration
and Naturalization Service.
Sue Wasserkrug, a third-year law student on the trip, says the experience
was educational and emotional.
"It was all you could do not to cry when you heard some of the
stories of the people seeking asylum," Wasserkrug says. "It was
an education in asylum law."
Other students on the trip were first-year student Eric Richard; and
second-year students Sara Scott, Seung Kang, Russell Hess, Alex Mongiat.
Wasserkrug, vice president of the UI chapter of the National Lawyers
Guild, says the Iowa chapter would like to send another group back to Texas
to work for ProBAR during spring break.