On August 11 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed two lower court decisions denying asylum to women fleeing domestic violence, in Fuentes-Reyes v. Barr and Arellano Rodriguez v. Barr. CGRS applauds these decisions, which follow the court’s favorable ruling in a similar case, Diaz-Reynoso v. Barr, last Friday.

​​​​​​​CGRS commends the Ninth Circuit's August 7 decision in Diaz-Reynoso v. Barr, which affirms that under our laws domestic violence survivors can qualify for asylum. The ruling marks the latest in a series of recent appellate court decisions rejecting Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ attempt in Matter of A-B- to foreclose refugee protection for people fleeing domestic violence and other abuses.

CGRS applauds today’s historic decision from the Federal Court of Canada, striking down the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) between Canada and the United States. Under the STCA, which was originally implemented in 2004, asylum seekers arriving at the U.S.-Canada land border are, with limited exceptions, denied the opportunity to apply for protection in Canada and instead summarily returned to the United States, where they are held in immigration detention while they pursue their claims.