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One Year In: How is the Houston Office of Human Rights First Helping the Area’s Asylum Seekers?

About a year ago, Human Rights First set up an office in Houston. The non-profit group connects area lawyers offering pro bono legal services to asylum seekers. Human Rights First had been operating in New York and Washington, but opened up the Houston office on the campus of South Texas College of Law last year […]

About a year ago, Human Rights First set up an office in Houston. The non-profit group connects area lawyers offering pro bono legal services to asylum seekers.

Human Rights First had been operating in New York and Washington, but opened up the Houston office on the campus of South Texas College of Law last year amid a wave of asylum seekers here.

So, what have they achieved in year one in Houston? And how have immigration court backlogs affected the folks they help?

Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin asks Ashley Kaper, Human Rights First’s managing attorney for refugee representation.

MORE: Why is a Human Rights Organization Setting Shop in Houston? (Houston Matters, June 25, 2014)

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