Case #29516

Country of Origin: 
Type of persecution: 
Gang-related violence
Sexual orientation
Sexual orientation - Gay
Gender of applicant: 

Case Summary

The immigration judge granted the asylum claim of a gay Mexican man who fears being harmed by cartel members in Michoac√°n. Cartel members were harassing and threatening the applicant and his group of openly gay friends. One of those friends was murdered about six months after the applicant entered the United States. The applicant did not apply for asylum until eight years later. The applicant's expert witness explained the link between the applicant's PTSD from past persecution and his failure to file timely. The attorney reports that while the IJ did not find Mexico sufficiently dangerous to show a "clear probability" of persecution for gay men, he found the lower asylum standard had been met, and found the applicant's PTSD constituted extraordinary circumstances excusing the untimely filing.

Date Submitted

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 13:43