Important Resources

The Process

USCIS forms and offices:

EOIR forms and Immigration Court information including local rules:

USCIS Asylum Officer Lesson Plan on One Year Filing Deadline

USCIS Affirmative Asylum Procedures Manual

BIA Practitioner’s Manual

Asylum Office Contact Information

To determine the asylum office that has jurisdiction over your case, and to obtain contact information:

General Asylum Information

UNHCR LGBTI Discussion Paper

UNHCR LGBTI Guidance Note

AILA Asylum Primer, for sale at:

Gender Based Asylum Claims:


Human Rights First

Country Conditions Information (U.S. Government)

U.S. State Department Report on Human Rights

U.S. State Department Report on Religious Freedoms

Country Conditions Information (NGOs/Private Organizations)

Human Rights Watch

Amnesty International

OutRight International (formerly International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, or IGLHRC)

International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA)

Sodomy Laws:

LGBT Peace Corps Alums

General LGBT Information (Media)

LGBT Africa


LGBT Americas

World Policy Institute Report on LGBT Rights in the Americas (2003)




Arab States/Middle East/Muslim States

Eastern Europe

The information contained herein is for reference only and may not be up to date. It does not constitute legal advice. You should always consult an attorney regarding your matter.

This handbook is intended for use by pro bono attorneys and immigration attorneys working on LGBTQ/HIV asylum cases.


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