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Seeking Asylum: Refugee Deportation in the United States
With Hope Karekezi, Political Activist and Workshop Leader

September 30, 2011

Facing death threats in Rwanda and South Africa and deportation from the United States, Hope Karekezi's family is in the midst of transnational struggle. Their story leads us to ask:

What does it take to obtain political asylum in the United States?
What are the criteria, the processes, and the most frequent outcomes for people seeking asylum status?
What are the challenges people confront when seeking refuge in the United States from violence or comparable harms abroad?


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Hope Karekezi is a workshop leader for the American Civil Liberties Union and a mother of three. Joined by Christie Popp, directing attorney from the Immigrants and Language Rights Center at Indiana Legal Services, Karekezi narrated her experience fighting legal battles in the United States immigration system. The panel then led a discussion on refugee issues.

Sponsored by a Horizons of Knowledge Grant, the Department of History, the Department of American Studies, the African Studies Program, the Graduate Students in African Studies (GSAS), and the Hutton Honors College. This program was free and open to the public.

Hope Karekezi remained after the panel discussion to talk about her experiences in Africa and her struggle to attain asylum in the United States.

Student hosts Julie Rawe and Ronak Shah take a picture with guest Hope Karekezi.


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