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Asylum Seeker's Nationality Type of persecution Most Recent Outcome/Decision (if any)sort ascending Summary
Case #3532 Mali Female Genital Cutting - Fears Future FGC to self, Female Genital Cutting - Past FGC Apr 30, 2007 (Board of Immigration Appeals)

BIA on February 4, 2008 An IJ had granted asylum to Malian parents who feared that their U.S. citizen daughters would be subjected to FGC. The DHS appealed the decision and the BIA upheld the IJ under Abay v. Ashcroft. The BIA found that the mother's past FGC, in addition to the prevalence of FGC in Mali, and the fact that no laws had been passed to outlaw the practice showed that the parents... Read more

Case #2875 Kenya Female Genital Cutting (FGC) / other mutilation, Child/forced marriage Apr 15, 2007 (Asylum Office)

Asylum Officer granted asylum on April 15, 2007. Applicant was a Kenyan woman from Rift Valley. She was a member of the Luo tribe. She underwent FGC when she was about 8 years old. She had 2 daughters, one of whom was nearing the age for the procedure to be performed. She was opposed to FGC. She was also married to a man who was opposed to it, and in general, seemed to be more open-minded than... Read more

Case #4954 Mexico Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence) Apr 07, 2007 (Asylum Office)

Asylum Officer granted asylum on April 7, 2007. Applicant was a Mexican woman who, at eighteen years old, entered in a relationship with an older Mexican doctor. Shortly after, he began to beat her and tried to isolate her from friends and family. He repeatedly beat her during her pregnancies. He threatened to kill her if she ever left, putting a pistol to her head on several occasions. He... Read more

Case #3163 Uganda Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Female Genital Cutting (FGC) / other mutilation, Child/forced marriage Jan 24, 2007 (Immigration Judge)

IJ granted asylum on January 24, 2007. The applicant was a female from Uganda. Her parents sold her into an arranged marriage. When she showed signs of resistance to this arrangement they beat her. They also took her to a tribal elder for FGC. Finally, they allowed the male to whom she was promised come to the house to sexually assault her. On one occasion they arranged for this man to kidnap... Read more

Case #3825 El Salvador Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence) Jan 16, 2007 (Immigration Judge)

An Immigration Judge granted on January 16, 2007. Applicant sought asylum on domestic violence grounds. Her partner abused and raped her repeatedly over a ten-year period. He claimed he could abuse her since she was "his woman." He threatened to kill her numerous times, and threatened to "hurt her where it would hurt the most," which my client understands as a threat to the couple's three... Read more

Case #1114 Albania Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Rape or sexual violence (non-domestic and non-gang)) Jan 15, 2007 (Federal Court of Appeals)
Case #3161 Mexico Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence) Jan 15, 2007 (Asylum Office)

Asylum Officer granted asylum on January 15, 2007. Applicant was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of her husband, who was an attorney in Mexico. She had tried to obtain a divorce for 2 years, but due to her husband's connections was unable to do so. She submitted emergency room reports from Mexico, psychological evaluations of the abuser done in Mexico, and extensive documentation of... Read more

Case #5032 Guatemala Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence) Jan 09, 2007 (Immigration Judge)

Applicant was a Guatemalan woman victim of domestic violence. She was granted asylum on January 9, 2007.

She claimed persecution on account of her membership in the social group of married Guatemalan women who resist their abusers but are unable to leave the relationship, and on account of her political opinion that married women in Guatemala are not the property of their husbands.... Read more

Case #3696 Honduras Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence) Jan 08, 2007 (Immigration Judge)

An IJ granted asylum on January 8, 2007 to a 19-year-old woman from Honduras who had been a victim of domestic violence at the hands of her male companion. She had suffered multiple beatings, including being struck by a machete. Her companion abused her children by withholding food from them. The applicant claimed past persecution on account of her particular social group of "women from rural... Read more

Case #4211 El Salvador Rape or sexual violence (non-domestic and non-gang)), Disability Jan 04, 2007 (Immigration Judge)

A San Francisco Immigration Judge granted asylum on January 4, 2007.

Respondent was a 30 year old woman from El Salvador who had cerebral palsy and was severely mentally and emotionally disabled. She was raped by a hospital worker in El Salvador, fled to the United States with her mother and gave birth to the child of the rape in the United States. The extent of the persecution... Read more

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