Laurie Ball Cooper, a 2004-2005 Hart Fellow, recently published an article regarding changes made to the United States asylum policy by Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.
In a ruling last week, Sessions overturned a precedent that could grant asylum to victims of domestic and gang violence. Laurie writes about the history of asylum law in the United States, and how this recent decision threatens the safety of women fleeing abuse in their home countries.
Laurie is currently a senior immigration attorney at Ayuda, a nonprofit that provides legal, social, and language services to vulnerable immigrants. She graduated from Duke University in 2004, and completed a Hart fellowship in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Laurie graduated with dual degrees from Yale Law School and the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University.
You can read her full article, published in the Washington Post, here.