Emory Law Journal


Article 19 of the 1951 Refugee Convention legally obligates the U.S. government to respect and uphold refugees¿ legal right to practice liberal professions. Yet, images of refugee professionals working underpaid jobs are becoming more common in news and other areas of daily American life such that your Uber driver could be a human rights attorney and your school¿s janitor might be a civil engineer. The freedom of refugees to practice their professions is severely undermined by a panoply of state and federal laws and policies, which make it difficult for refugee professionals to re-credential. To de facto protect these refugees¿ right of professional practice, this Comment proposes a national standard of treatment and credential recognition regulations that will give refugees a more meaningful opportunity for re-credentialing.