Immigration attorney Elizabeth Van Arkel was recently invited to give a guest lecture to the Holocaust and the Law course at Case Western Reserve Law School. Elizabeth shared U.S. immigration basics with the class as well as details on the asylum and refugee processes.
A few of the students in the class recently volunteered their services in Tijuana and posed questions to Elizabeth about the impact of politics on the asylum process. Elizabeth also discussed how the process has changed over time before giving the floor to Jasmina Sarajlija.
Jasmina arrived in the U.S. at 10 years old as a refugee from the war in Bosnia. In her presentation, she shared her story, detailing what life was like in Bosnia before the war and after war broke out, the experience of living in a refugee camp, and how her family navigated the refugee process to get to the U.S. and in the years following their arrival.
Former law school classmates and friends, Elizabeth and Jasmina enjoy giving this presentation to students and other internationally-minded groups. Offering perspectives from both the legal side and the lived experience of a refugee, attendees walk away with a more thorough picture of what the refugee and asylum processes are like.