Population Control

Coercive population control policies, as practiced in China, have been recognized as a basis for asylum through legislation, and CGRS has sought to expand protection for women under this law.

  • Li v. Ashcroft (2004): A U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit en banc decision expanded protection for women who seek asylum on the basis of China’s repressive population control policies by ruling that a young woman subjected to a forced and invasive pregnancy examination in retaliation for her vocal challenge to China’s population control policy qualified for relief. CGRS was co-counsel in this case.