Case #27568

Country of Origin: 
Guatemala
Type of persecution: 
Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence)
Domestic violence - Child abuse
Domestic violence - Partner abuse
HIV/AIDS status
Gender of applicant: 
Female

Case Summary

The asylum office granted asylum to a Guatemalan woman who married her husband when she was 15 because her mother could no longer care for her. Her husband who is bisexual had sexual relations with men and gave her HIV. He also severely abused her damaging her eye. She tried to obtain police protection several times to no avail. The attorney had argued that the applicant should be granted asylum because of her political opinion - Guatemalan women who have the right to end an abusive relationship without fear of future harm and that women are not property of men and deserve to be free from abuse and male domination - and her membership in the particular social group of "women from Guatemala who are treated as property." The attorney also argued the applicant had a future fear of persecution because of her HIV status.

Date Submitted

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:51

Outcome for Case #27568

Level: 
Asylum Office
Date of Decision: 
Monday, February 4, 2019
AO Outcome: 
Granted
Jurisdiction: 
Massachusetts
Check if Grace v. Whitaker was cited or referenced in this case by you, DHS, or the adjudicator.: 
No