- Asylum and Refugee Law
- Immigration Law
- International Human Rights
Anna Cabot is the William R. Davis Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic where law students represent refugees who have fled from persecution and are seeking asylum in the United States. (Her full name is Jessica Anna Cabot, but the “Jessica” is silent.) Professor Cabot comes to clinical teaching from a background in immigration and human rights practice. Prior to joining the UConn faculty, she was the Managing Attorney at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso, where she represented numerous asylum-seekers before the immigration courts and handled a wide range of other immigration matters, while supervising and training attorneys, paralegals, student law clerks, and volunteers. Responding to a wide-ranging problem, she did a study of the challenges faced by Mexican asylum-seekers for the Center for Migration Studies.
Before moving to the border, Professor Cabot spent a year in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania as Legal Services Coordinator for Asylum Access, where she assessed the legal needs of the urban refugee population, designed a legal services program, and advocated for individual clients. She also did a year-long litigation fellowship with the ACLU’s National Prison Project.
Professor Cabot earned her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. During law school she participated in AU’s International Human Rights Law Clinic, representing individuals in before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and other international fora. She also served as research assistant for the Chair of the U.N. Committee Against Torture.
Though currently a lawyer and a teacher, Professor Cabot has a dark secret past in science. After graduating from Amherst College with a physics degree, she did a Fulbright in India, conducting research in theoretical particle physics.
Professor Anna Cabot, the William R. Davis clinical teaching fellow in the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic, will speak at the Simsbury Public Library on how immigration law and policy have changed since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Her presentation will be held on March 27, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Here topics will include sanctuary cities, the travel bans, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, family detention and refugee resettlement. Registration is requested at 860-658-7663, extension 4, or www.simsburylibrary.info
Professor Anna Cabot will participate in a community conversation in Glastonbury, Connecticut, The Muslim Ban. An Examination of the Underlying Factual, Legal, Religious, Humanitarian, Policy, and Economic Considerations, on May 11, 2017. The panel aims to "explore whether Muslim refugees from Syria pose a threat to national or individual security, and whether the ban is consistent with the moral and humanitarian values which have shaped foreign policy." Cabot will discuss the current legal status of the executive order and its constitutionality.