Case #3306

Country of Origin: 
Guatemala
Type of persecution: 
Domestic violence - Child abuse
Gang-related violence
Rape or sexual violence (non-domestic and non-gang))
Gender of applicant: 
Male

Case Summary

A Portland IJ granted asylum and withholding on May 25, 2005. The applicant was a 19-year old native and citizen of Guatemala. His father, an alcoholic, hit him frequently. The abuse escalated as he grew older. He was forced to quit school and work to earn money for the house, which often meant he had to live on the street for several days at a time. He was accosted by gangsters and when he refused to join their gangs, he was tortured by slow and painful cutting of his foot, in addition to sexual abuse and humiliation. He did not ask for help because of his embarrassment.

Date Submitted

Monday, May 16, 2005 - 00:00