Tracking & Decision Analysis

CGRS tracks and monitors asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention against Torture claims from individuals at all levels of U.S. immigration adjudication. Since our founding nearly 20 years ago, we have amassed a robust, one-of-a-kind database which now stores over 20,000 individual asylum case records. As a part of our tracking efforts, we collect unpublished decisions in cases that are available nowhere else. The information CGRS obtains and stores in our database enables us to analyze decision-making trends and identify potential precedent-setting cases for strategic intervention. Our tracking and analysis also inform our technical assistance and training programs, allowing us to provide more useful guidance to help attorneys craft successful claims. For example, through our database we are often able to identify and share with attorneys legal arguments that have proven persuasive in particular jurisdictions or before particular judges. At a higher level, our database brings unprecedented transparency to asylum decision-making and serves as a tool to hold adjudicators accountable.

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF ID# 1556131/1556551), CGRS is currently working on a collaborative research project with the City University of New York Brooklyn College (CUNY) to examine decision-making processes in the U.S. immigration courts. We are using a multi-method analysis to investigate national gender asylum decision-making, analyzing more than 800 decisions dating from 1994 to 2016, collected through CGRS’s tracking efforts. Our joint study will deepen our understanding of asylum adjudication and help us document bias and other impermissible factors that drive disparities and unjust outcomes. Read more here.