Between Borders: A Refugee Simulation is a participatory workshop that simulates the life of a refugee throughout all stages of the refugee process. This simulation is meant to be an awareness-building activity that puts participants into the "shoes of a refugee" in order to conceptualize the experiences that they face. Each participant receives an identity and physically moves from one stage to another. The stages addressed in this simulation include persecution, fleeing to and living in a refugee camp, the resettlement process, life in the United States, and if applicable, applying for and receiving United States citizenship.

Date: Friday, March 25, 2016

Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Cost: $28 / $12 for students

Attendance is limited to 100 participants, so please register early. 

The Temple Law & Public Policy Program is like no other law school program today. At its heart is an immersive seven week summer experience living and working in Washington, D.C. While in D.C., Scholars spend their days in approved internships and their nights and weekends attending classes and leadership seminars. They receive career guidance from Program Director Nancy J. Knauer, and are paired with an alumni mentor who can offer advice and a point of contact in the D.C. legal community. Each Scholar produces a white paper on an issue of national significance and learns how to present it for academic and public discussion.

JRN Jaya Ramji-Nogales is the I. Herman Stern Professor of Law and the Co-Director of the Institute for International Law and Public Policy at Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she teaches Refugee Law and Policy. She is a founding Co-Chair of the Migration Law Interest Group at the American Society of International Law as well as a Senior Research Associate of the Refugee Law Initiative of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London.

Prof. Ramji-Nogales is the co-author, with Profs. Andrew I. Schoenholtz and Philip G. Schrag, of Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication and Proposals for Reform (NYU Press 2009), a ground-breaking empirical study of adjudication at all four levels of the US asylum system, and Lives in the Balance: Asylum Adjudication by the Department of Homeland Security (NYU Press 2014), an in-depth quantitative and qualitative study of asylum adjudication before the Department of Homeland Security's Asylum Offices, the first instance decision-maker for affirmative asylum claims. 

Before entering academia, Prof. Ramji-Nogales worked in the field of refugee law for several years, including teaching in Georgetown's asylum clinic, creating a refugee law clinic at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and supervising the asylum program at the international law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton. 


Lilah Thompson Lilah Thompson is a Law & Public Policy Scholar at Temple University Beasley School of Law. She is the creator of the Between Borders Refugee Simulation, which seeks to raise awareness and shift perception of the refugee experience through role-playing exercises. 

During her time in law school, Ms. Thompson has served as a legal intern at HIAS Pennsylvania, and as a legal assistant at the Law Offices of Stephen P. Barsamian. In 2015, she interned as a Law Clerk at the Office of Immigration Litigation at the Department of Justice - Civil Division, where she will be returning this upcoming summer. Ms. Thompson is the President of the Student Public Interest Network, the Co-President of the National Lawyer's Guild, and is involved in many community advocacy projects. Her legal interests include policy and community awareness surrounding refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants. She is the author of The Benefits and Burdens of Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration: How to Fully Effectuate the Exercise of Prosecutorial Discretion in a Broken Immigration System, which she presented at the Mid-Atlantic Law & Society Association Conference and will present at the the Law & Society Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans this upcoming summer. 

Prior to law school, Ms. Thompson received her B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College in English, Spanish, and International Studies. She served as a Fellow for Human Rights and Social Justice at The Ware Institute for Civic Engagement at F&M. In college, Ms. Thompson worked with refugees and immigrants to raise awareness and funding, coordinate volunteers, and provide pro bono legal assistance to asylum seekers detained in York County Prison.