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Our September 21st event debuted the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, which represents refugee families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to flee life-threatening conditions. ASAP uses innovative methods to bring legal aid services to places where there are few or no legal aid lawyers, including border detention facilities and rural communities across the United States.

We were joined by members of ASAP and their client Suny Rodriguez, who was party to their recently announced of the Obama administration over her months-long detention and mistreatment inside the government's family detention center.

PANELISTS

Swapna Reddy
Co-Founder & Co-Director of the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project

Swapna is and an Echoing Green Fellow and Equal Justice Works Emerson Fellow. Prior to law school, she conducted technical and empirical research for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Indianapolis Colts, and TERC, an educational research nonprofit.

Conchita Cruz
Co-Founder & Co-Director of the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project

Conchita Cruz served as ASAP’s co-director from 2015-2017. During this time she was also a Gruber Fellow in Global Justice and Women’s Rights. Prior to law school, Conchita served as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) and as Chief of Staff for State Senator Gustavo Rivera of the Bronx.