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RSDWatch under old/new management

December 10, 2012

Michael Kagan, who founded RSDWatch in 2005, has come back to run the blog and has re-assumed ownership from Asylum Access.

Kagan originally founded RSDWatch as a private website. He also served for several years as Asylum Access’ policy director, and continued to run the website after Asylum Access took over RSDWatch.

Asylum Access continues to play a leading role is advocating fair refugee status determination procedures within both the UN and governments. But after Kagan joined the law faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2011, it became difficult to keep the site current as an Asylum Access project.

Now that RSDWatch is again a private site, readers should expect more regular updates. As a starting point, we are catching up on our annual statistical analysis of UNHCR data, which should be complete by the end of December. But we have more planned, so stay tuned …


  1. Sahana permalink
    December 11, 2012 3:00 am

    I have begun to assist quite a few Afghans in India in re-opening their applications. Is there any study done that analyses the cases for re-opening? UNHCR is extremely bureaucratic and there is no way of knowing what works (I have had one case which was re-opened, although I am not sure whether the applicant was recognized). Many thanks. Sahana Basavapatna, New Delhi.

    • December 11, 2012 4:29 am

      We will be soon publishing some stats about re-openings and appeals. Have you sought advice from any established legal aid programs?

      • Sahana permalink
        December 12, 2012 7:48 am

        Hello Michael, no, I have not. I’d appreciate your suggestions. Many thanks again. Sahana

  2. December 11, 2012 5:17 am

    Looking forward to more posts from RSDWatch!

  3. December 12, 2012 4:35 pm

    Sahana, contact Asylum Access ( and ask about their “office in a box” for starting refugee legal aid. And inquire with AMERA in Egypt, Helsinki Citizens Assembly (Turkey), Frontiers Assoc. (Lebanon), among others about how they handle these cases.

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