Earlier this month, I participated in a panel discussion about the U.S. asylum system and my new book, The Asylumist: How to Seek Asylum in the United States and Keep Your Sanity. The event was sponsored by Ayuda, and we raised over $1000 for that worthy organization. Panelists at the event included retired Immigration Judge Lisa Dornell, Ayuda's Legal Director, Laurie Ball Cooper, and torture survivor and advocate Tensay Kelile. The event was held at Immigrant Food, a DC restaurant that celebrates immigrants and their contributions to our country. Special thanks to Peter Schechter of Immigrant Food, who hosted and moderated the panel.

At the event, we discuss the state of asylum in the U.S., and make some suggestions for how the Biden Administration can improve the system. We also hear from Tensay Kelile about his persecution in Ethiopia and about the years-long wait he has endured as an asylum seeker.

You can watch the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGr-ohoRD_I

And you can donate to Ayuda here. Also, all profits from my book through the end of this month will go to Ayuda, so now is a great time time to buy a copy or three!