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Asylum Seeker's Nationality Type of persecution Most Recent Outcome/Decision (if any)sort descending Summary
Case #6134 Kenya Female Genital Cutting - Past FGC, Rape or sexual violence (non-domestic and non-gang)), Women's rights activist/feminist beliefs (non-domestic/familial and non-gang)

The San Francisco Asylum Office granted asylum in 2010 to a Kenyan Kikuyu woman who was subjected to FGC and was gang raped by Mungiki for speaking out against FGC. She did not file within one year of arrival, but the AO waived the bar because she was suffering from PTSD. 

Case #366 Guatemala Political association/activist (including women’s rights activist)/whistleblower, Rape or sexual violence (non-domestic and non-gang))

The applicant and her husband were active members of the Christian Democratic Party, an umbrella organization that opposed the government. She and her husband participated in demonstrations against the disappearance of innocent, indigenous people, especially children. As a result of their activities, military figures invaded the applicant's home and beat and gang-raped her. They threatened to... Read more

Case #17537 Iraq Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Political association/activist (including women’s rights activist)/whistleblower, Religious
Case #28692 Guatemala Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Child abuse, Domestic violence - In-law abuse, Domestic violence - Partner abuse, Gang-related violence, Gang - Forced relationship
Case #12223 El Salvador Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Rape or sexual violence (non-domestic and non-gang))

The immigration judge granted asylum to a Salvadoran woman who experienced domestic and sexual violence. Her husband sexually, verbally, and physically abused her. She tried to divorce him but was told she must wait three years. After discovering about the attempted divorce, her husband threatened to kill her and take away her children. She then began seeing a police officer posing as a... Read more

Case #3247 El Salvador Domestic violence - Child abuse, Disability, Rape or sexual violence (non-domestic and non-gang))
Case #11148 Honduras Domestic violence - Child abuse, Gang-related violence

A San Francisco Immigration Judge granted asylum to a 15-year-old Honduran boy. The boy had been harassed by Mara 18 who wanted the boy to join the gang and overtake his mother's shop. On one occasion when he refused to join, members of the gang stole his money,  physically restrained him, and refused to let him on a bus. They also vandalized and stole items from his mother's store.... Read more

Case #4928 El Salvador Sexual orientation

An Asylum Office granted asylum to a Salvadoran male who suffered persecution based on sexual orientation. 

Case #25967 El Salvador Gang-related violence, Gang - Former gang member, Gang - Informant/witness to gang activity

The immigration judge granted asylum to a Salvadoran male applicant who fears retaliation by MS-13 as a former member who testified against them. According to the applicant's attorney, the IJ based his decision on membership in a particular social group of “nuclear family” under Matter of L-E-A- but did not address the applicant’s political... Read more

Case #20243 El Salvador Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Child abuse, Gang-related violence, Gang - Extortion, Gang - Recruitment

The immigration judge granted asylum to a Salvadoran man who experienced severe domestic abuse at the hands of his father as a child. His father physically abused him and forced him to do difficult physical labor. He came to the United States as an adult but struggled with symptoms of severe depression and trauma related to his abuse. The applicant's attorney argued that he qualified for an... Read more

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