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Asylum Seeker's Nationality Type of persecution Most Recent Outcome/Decision (if any)sort ascending Summary
Case #8523 Guatemala Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence)

The San Francisco Asylum Office granted asylum to a Guatemalan woman who lived with her extremely abusive husband for 28 years. Her husband beat her every day, raped two of her daughters, fathered a child with one daughter, and was so abusive to that child that she died at age five. The woman fled to United States. One year bar was waived. 

Case #13131 Honduras Domestic violence - Child abuse, Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Rape or sexual violence (non-domestic and non-gang))
Case #859 Turkey Honor killing or violence

The applicant is a young woman from Turkey who has fled her family rather than be forced to marry a much older man her father chose. Her father and her brothers are prepared to kill her to reclaim their family's honor. This practice is sanctioned by the government and socially accepted in her culture. As a result, she can seek no protection from her government and has escaped to the U.S.... Read more

Case #3301 Guinea Female Genital Cutting - Fears FGC to a child, Female Genital Cutting - Past FGC, Child/forced marriage

A Boston Immigration Judge granted asylum to a Guinean woman who underwent FGC when she was six years old. Her uncle was arranging her marriage to a man 50 years her senior. She fled to the United States. One year bar was waived. 

Case #4792 Gambia Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Female Genital Cutting - Fears FGC to a child, Female Genital Cutting - Past FGC, Child/forced marriage

An asylum Office granted asylum to a Gambian woman who was a victim of FGM and was living in an abusive arranged marriage. She has a baby daughter, who was born in the United States. One year bar was waived due to newborn daughter, who most certainly would have to undergo FGC in Gambia.

Case #21014 Guatemala Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - In-law abuse, Domestic violence - Partner abuse

The immigration judge granted asylum to a Guatemalan female applicant who experienced physical, sexual, and emotional abuse by her partner. The applicant attempted to leave, but he followed her to the town where she attempted to resettle. Her partner was emotionally abusive to her son and exposed him to pornography. According to the applicant's attorney, the IJ based his grant of asylum on... Read more

Case #25243 Ethiopia Female Genital Cutting (FGC) / other mutilation, Female Genital Cutting - Past FGC, Political association/activist (including women’s rights activist)/whistleblower, Political association/activist, Race/ethnicity/clan
Case #11018 Honduras Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence)

The Board of Immigration Appeals upheld the Immigration Judge's denial of asylum, withholding of removal, and CAT relief. The case involved a Honduran woman who suffered domestic violence by her ex-domestic partners. Her first domestic partner regularly beat her and controlled her. He died 15 years ago. She then suffered physical and psychological abuse by a second domestic partner. She... Read more

Case #6507 Honduras Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Gang-related violence, Rape or sexual violence (non-domestic and non-gang))

A Houston Immigration Judge granted asylum to a Honduran minor. The girl was held captive by her partner, who was a member of 18th Street Gang. Her partner kept her under constant supervision and repeatedly raped and beat her. She escaped to United States and gave birth to a girl.

Case #10086 Brazil Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence)

A Boston Immigration Judge granted asylum to a Brazilian woman who suffered domestic violence by her ex-partner. She notified the police about the abuse, but she did not obtain any help because in Brazil domestic violence is considered an internal family issue and her ex-partner had friends in police. 

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