Webinar: What is the Family Expedited Removal Management (FERM) process?

July 25, 2023 | Webinar: What is the Family Expedited Removal Management (FERM) process?

Tuesday, July 25 at 2pm EST / 11am PST

In May 2023, DHS announced a new process for families who enter the United States seeking asylum and are placed in expedited removal (“ER”) proceedings. Under the Family Expedited Removal Management (FERM) process, families may be placed under electronic surveillance and allowed to travel to their intended destination city to await a non-detained credible fear interview (“CFI”). Currently, FERM is being implemented in Chicago, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Newark, Denver, and Minneapolis.

DHS intends to process FERM cases on an extremely short timeline, which includes conducting the CFI a mere 6 to 12 days after the family’s arrival in the United States. If the asylum office denies the family’s claim, an immigration judge is expected to review that decision within a seven-day period immediately after the denial.  These short time frames present real challenges in relation to securing legal orientation, consultation and representation.

Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) believes all families in search of safety deserve full and fair access to the U.S. asylum system and has launched a new project aimed at providing free legal consultation and representation to families subject to the FERM process.

Join AI Justice staff for an overview of the FERM process and how it fits within the broader history of processing asylum seeking families, accounts from families enrolled to the new process, and to learn how you can support asylum seeking families placed in FERM in a city near you.


  • Shalyn Fluharty — Executive Director, AI Justice
  • Angeliki “Angela” Bouliakis Andronis — Director, Pro Bono Program, AI Justice
  • Jovita Salas — Supervising Attorney, Asylum Project, AI Justice

Moderator: Cindy Woods — National Policy Counsel, AI Justice

Duration: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cvlDOu4XR8yeUcGKd_zkWA

CLE Credit: 1 CLE Florida credit