Defend Refugee Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors

On June 11, 2018, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a deeply disappointing decision in an attempt to erode protections for domestic violence survivors and others who look to the United States for refuge. Invoking a rarely utilized power, Sessions reversed the grant of asylum to a Salvadoran domestic violence survivor in a case known as Matter of A-B-. CGRS represents the woman at the center of the case, Ms. A.B., who fled to the United States after suffering 15 years of brutal violence at the hands of her ex-husband.

This ruling marks a shameful attempt by Sessions to return us to an era when the United States did not recognize women’s rights as human rights, and women fleeing horrific gender-based persecution were wrongfully denied refugee protection. Now, more than ever, we need your help!

Stand with us and make it clear that you want our country to continue to offer refuge to survivors of domestic violence when they have nowhere else to turn.

Get Informed and Take Action

  • Hear Ms. A.B. tell her story in CGRS's new video developed in partnership with Human Rights Watch.

  • Read our bilingual statement on the former Attorney General's decision and our more in-depth backgrounder on the case.

  • Share our Matter of A-B- Information Sheet, available in both English and Spanish.

  • Check out our New York Times op-ed on the case, coauthored by actor and activist Jane Fonda.

  • Listen to NPR's interview with our client Ms. A.B., the woman at the center of case.

  • Use our advocacy toolkitdeveloped in partnership with Futures Without Violence, to urge your representatives to take action on Matter of A-B-.

  • Support our newly launched advocacy campaign, Immigrant Women Too, and learn how you can raise your voice!