January 24, 2022

Research Resources: TRAC Releases New Asylum Data Tools, Adds Data on Gender, Language, and Age

From the Transactional Records Clearinghouse (Syracuse University):

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University released two brand new interactive asylum data tools that allow users to view detailed data on asylum applications and the asylum backlog in Immigration Court. TRAC also added detailed information on gender, language, and age—valuable information that is of considerable public interest—to its new and existing asylum tools.

TRAC’s asylum tools are based upon a detailed analysis of the millions of Immigration Court records covering cases where applications for asylum were filed. These individual case records were obtained through requests made by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), a unit within the Department of Justice in which these administrative courts are housed.

TRAC’s three asylum data tools now available are these:

Asylum Filings – New!

TRAC’s “Asylum Filings” tool provides the public with the ability to view information about asylum cases based on when they were filed in Immigration Court. Users can view the current status of cases, case outcomes (if it has been rendered), case counts, and demographic data about applicants. Click here to view TRAC’s new asylum filings tool.

Asylum Backlog – New!

TRAC’s “Asylum Backlog” tool provides the public with the ability to view information about all pending cases on which asylum applications have been filed with the Immigration Courts. The number of pending asylum cases as well as wait times are available. One can now view the backlog by demographic data about applicants, representation, custody and more. (Note: Due to the length of time needed after the start of the case to file an asylum application, this tool provides an underestimate of the number of asylum seekers with pending cases since it misses those who have not yet filed their application.) Click here to view TRAC’s new asylum backlog tool.

Asylum Decisions – Expanded

TRAC’s “Asylum Decisions” tool provides the public with the ability to view information about all asylum decisions that have been entered by Immigration Judges. TRAC’s longstanding asylum decisions tool has been a staple of public understanding about asylum cases, but now includes additional data on language, gender, and age. Click here to view TRAC’s expanded asylum decisions tool.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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