CGRS Celebrates Victory in Trafficking Case

Friday, August 9, 2013


San Francisco, CA– On August 9, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit granted the petition for review in the case of Cece v. Holdermarking a triumph for gender-based asylum claims. The decision holds that gender may define a particular social group, and recognizes that women fleeing sex trafficking may be eligible for asylum based on membership in such a group. The decision also explains that the fact that a group may be large does not preclude it from being recognized as a social group, and that the definition of the group may include a shared characteristic related to the feared persecution.

Read about the Cece case in our newsletter and in a New Republic article!