Case #25853

Country of Origin: 
Guatemala
Type of persecution: 
Gang-related violence
Political association/activist (including women’s rights activist)/whistleblower
Political association/activist
Women's rights activist/feminist beliefs (non-domestic/familial and non-gang)
Race/ethnicity/clan
Indigenous ethnicity
Gender of applicant: 
Male

Case Summary

The immigration judge granted the asylum claim of an indigenous Mam man from Guatemala who was beaten and threatened with death by MS-13. According to the applicant's attorney, the applicant had what he believed was a voluntary position created by the government to try to reduce violence against women and reduce gang violence and delinquency in his community. On one occasion, MS-13 members attacked and beat him while saying discriminatory threats related to his race, and threatened to kill him if he did not stop trying to better the community. His son was beaten with him. He left Guatemala with his son. His partner and daughter stayed behind but ultimately had to flee as well. The applicant's attorney reports that the IJ granted asylum based on the applicant's political opinion of "anti-violence, anti-crime, pro indigenous."

Date Submitted

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 14:19

Outcome for Case #25853

Level: 
Immigration Judge
Date of Decision: 
Thursday, February 14, 2019
IJ Outcome: 
Granted
Type of Relief Granted/Denied: 
Asylum
Jurisdiction: 
Basis for the Asylum/Withholding Decision: 
PO
Was Grace v. Whitaker cited or referenced in this case by you, DHS, or the adjudicator?: 
No