I remember working on my first asylum case as a third-year law student in 2014. My task was to write a legal brief for a defensive asylum case for a young Latina who I will name here Elisabeth. Elisabeth was 18 years old and had already had lifetimes of struggles and even more lifetimes of strength. She came to the U.S. from El Salvador, where her father, her cousin and her cousin's husband were all killed by gang members and she was their next target. She had been stalked, followed, threatened and her life essentially paralyzed by the presence of the people who killed her family members. I remember thinking as belabored the legal arguments for Elisabeth's case for asylum-- why does it have to be this hard? I understand there needs to be a system to verify claims and discourage fraudulent asylum, but many times when the evidence of credibility and the supporting country conditions are overwhelming, our legal system seems to still cast a doubtful gaze upon the stories of those seeking safety after real trauma and clear persecution. Well, if it was hard then, it is, sadly, about to get even harder. The Trump administration has now propsed a new rule that, if passed, will constrict asylum even more, particularly gender-based violence claims. In honor of Elisabeth's struggle for safety and strength, and that of millions of refugees and asylum seekers around the world, please join me in this small fundraising effort in support of In-Sight Collaborative ( https://www.in-sightcollaborative.org/ ). In-Sight Collaborative is a non-profit organization focused on rethinking humanitarian aid for refugees and displaced persons to focus on empowerment and autonomy through advocacy, education and partnerships. I have the privilege of currently participating in their Summer 2020 mentorship program and have grown so much already from their thought-provoking and meaningful work. Also, if you would like to learn more about Trump's proposed asylum rule, check out this great resources page by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition.