Case #32000

Country of Origin: 
El Salvador
Type of persecution: 
Gang-related violence
Gang - Former gang member
Gender of applicant: 
Male

Case Summary

The IJ denied asylum, withholding, and CAT protection to a young Salvadoran man who experienced persecution. At 18 the applicant was beaten by the police, who mistook him to be a gang member and continued to harm him even after it became obvious that he was not the person they were looking for. The applicant attempted to file a complaint at the police station, but it was not accepted. He then received death threats from police officers because he had attempted to report the incident. The attorney reported that the IJ considered the applicant's political opinion claim and his membership in the social groups "individuals in El Salvador who have filed a complaint about police misconduct," "men in El Salvador," and "young men in El Salvador." The IJ asserted that the applicant was not credible and for that reason did not permit the applicant's country conditions expert witness to testify. The IJ summarized his decision orally to the applicant and then did not allow his attorney (or the government attorney) to be present when he orally rendered his decision. The IJ also refused to grant a continuance in the case in light of the applicant's pending T Visa application.

Date Submitted

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 17:12

Outcome for Case #32000

Level: 
Immigration Judge
Date of Decision: 
Friday, April 19, 2019
IJ Outcome: 
Denied
Type of Relief Granted/Denied: 
Asylum
Withholding
CAT
Basis for the Asylum/Withholding Decision: 
PO
PSG
Are you seeking or have you been granted other forms of relief?: 
T Visa
Was Grace v. Whitaker cited or referenced in this case by the applicant/counsel, DHS, or the adjudicator?: 
No