Judge Rafael Ortiz-Segura
FY 2006 - 2011, Orlando Immigration Court
Judge Ortiz-Segura was appointed as an Immigration Judge in January 1994.
Prior to his appointment in Orlando in May 1997, he was an Immigration Judge in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Judge Ortiz-Segura received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976, and a Juris Doctorate in 1979, both from the University of Puerto Rico.
From 1988 to 1994, he worked as a general attorney for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Detailed data on Judge Ortiz-Segura
decisions were examined for the period covering fiscal years 2006 through 2011 During this period, Judge Ortiz-Segura is recorded as deciding 1649 asylum claims on their merits.
Of these, he
granted 791, gave no conditional grants, and denied 856.
Converted to percentage terms, Ortiz-Segura
denied 51.9 percent and granted (including conditional grants) 48.1 percent.
Compared to Judge Ortiz-Segura's denial rate of 51.9 percent, nationally during this same period, immigration court judges denied 53.2 percent of asylum claims.
In the Orlando Immigration Court where Judge Ortiz-Segura
was based, judges there denied asylum 61.2 percent of the time.
can also be ranked compared to each of the 256 individual immigration judges serving during this period who rendered at least one hundred decisions in a city's immigration court.
If judges were ranked from 1 to 256 - where 1 represented the highest denial percent and 256 represented the lowest - Judge Ortiz-Segura
here receives a rank of 167.
In the case of Judge Ortiz-Segura
, 8.9% were not represented by an attorney.
For Judge Ortiz-Segura
, the largest group of asylum seekers appearing before him came from Haiti.
Individuals from this nation made up 35.8 % of his
Other nationalities in descending order of frequency appearing before Judge Ortiz-Segura
were: Colombia (24.3 %), Venezuela (14.6%), China (3.9%), Albania (3.1%).