Undermining Hope, Asylum in 2019

Our asylum laws were developed to comply with our obligations to provide refuge to persecuted people.  That system is being undermined with unprecedented attacks. What is going on and what should we do?

Since 2012 Bill Holston has been the Executive Director of Human Rights Initiative of North Texas. Prior to that he practiced law with Sullivan and Holston. Since the 1980’s Bill has provided pro bono legal representation for political and religious asylum applicants. Over the years he had clients from 21 countries in Immigration Court or before the Houston Asylum office.
In 2012 Bill left his law practice to become the Executive Director of HRI. Bill was a member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas. He is also a member of a the Dallas Bar Association’s Pro Bono Activities Commit-tee. Since 2008, he has been an avid mentor to young lawyers in the Dallas Bar Association’s Transition to Law Committee.
Bill is a member of the North Texas Chapter of Master Naturalists, guides hikes in the Great Trinity Forest and is an Eagle Scout. He is a commentator for KERA, and writes a column for D Magazine’s Front Burner, Law Man Walking.
Bill is married to his best friend Jill, a Dyslexia Specialist for RISD, and they have two grown sons. They attend Greenland Hills United Methodist Church.

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