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Asylum Seeker's Nationality Type of persecution Most Recent Outcome/Decision (if any)sort ascending Summary
Case #28778 Mexico Gang-related violence, Gang - Family-based, Gang - Rape or sexual violence Nov 14, 2018 (Immigration Judge)

The IJ granted asylum to a Mexican whom whose husband witnessed a kidnapping by gangs. The husband fled to the US and gangs threatened and gang-raped his wife while seeking his whereabouts. Shortly after the rape, she fled to the US. DHS did not appeal.

Case #25664 Mexico Gang-related violence, Gang - Extortion, Gang - Former gang member, Gang - Recruitment Nov 08, 2018 (Immigration Judge)

The immigration judge granted CAT protection to a Mexican man who fears persecution from a cartel. The applicant was a jockey and was hired to participate in a race that he lost. After losing, he learned he had been hired by members of a cartel who demanded he pay back the money they lost betting on him. When he could not, the cartel members... Read more

Case #27056 Colombia Gang-related violence, Gang - Recruitment, Political association/activist (including women’s rights activist)/whistleblower, Political association/activist Nov 06, 2018 (Immigration Judge)

The applicant's attorney reports that the immigration judge granted the CAT deferral claim of a Colombian man who fears torture and death if returned to Colombia. The applicant's father was murdered in 2002 when client was a young child. His family believes the applicant's father was murdered for refusing to join the guerillas. According to the applicant's attorney, the IJ granted CAT... Read more

Case #23923 Honduras Gang-related violence, Gang - Extortion, Gang - Informant/witness to gang activity, Gang - Rape or sexual violence Nov 02, 2018 (Immigration Judge)

The IJ granted asylum to a Honduran woman who owned a store and was extorted by Mara 18. When she was no longer able to pay, M-18 threatened and robbed her. She reported; the gang then made death threats and kidnapped her son. PSG was "Honduran victims of gang crime who reported the... Read more

Case #15836 Venezuela Gang-related violence, Gang - Family-based, Political association/activist (including women’s rights activist)/whistleblower, Political association/activist Sep 27, 2018 (Asylum Office)

The asylum office granted the asylum claim of a Venezuelan man who was threatened and attacked, along with his sister, after challenging a taking of his family's land. The family owned land on which they were planning construction; however, the Venezuelan government built a housing settlement on the land with no notice to applicant's family.... Read more

Case #26761 Dominica LGBTQI, Sexual orientation, Sexual orientation - Gay Sep 27, 2018 (Asylum Office)

The asylum office granted asylum to a male applicant from Dominica who fled and feared persecution due to his sexual orientation. While growing up, he was constantly discriminated, bullied and ridiculed for his perceived sexual orientation as he had not come out as gay. He feared not being able to live as an openly gay man in Dominica... Read more

Case #20784 El Salvador Gang-related violence, Gang - Family-based, Gang - Informant/witness to gang activity, Gang - Rape or sexual violence, Gang - Recruitment Sep 07, 2018 (Immigration Judge)

The immigration judge denied asylum but granted withholding under CAT for applicants, a mother and daughter from El Salvador. The daughter had unknowingly crossed the boundaries for both the MS-13 and La 18. She was raped and she and her mother were threatened with death.

Case #25769 Afghanistan Political association/activist (including women’s rights activist)/whistleblower, Political association/activist, Religious Sep 05, 2018 (Asylum Office)

The asylum officer referred the case of an Afghani man who worked for the US government. Because of this work he received anonymous threats and was subject to an attempted kidnapping. The applicant was also a Shia Muslim and had family members who were harmed because they were Shia. The asylum officer denied based on material inconsistencies regarding his past employment for a US military... Read more

Case #20351 Honduras Gang-related violence, Gang - Family-based, Gang - Recruitment, Gang - Religious, Religious Sep 04, 2018 (Asylum Office)

The asylum office granted asylum to a Honduran male child who refused to join a gang because of his religious affiliations, and the affiliations of his family. When the child refused to join, he was told his church was trash and he suffered severe head trauma by the gang members. The child's father was also a member of the gang and tried to... Read more

Case #25144 Mexico Gang-related violence, Gang - Extortion, Gang - Family-based, Gang - Informant/witness to gang activity, Political association/activist (including women’s rights activist)/whistleblower, Whistleblower or other informant / witness to corruption Sep 04, 2018 (Immigration Judge)

The immigration denied asylum, withholding and CAT protection to Mexican man who feared return to Mexico because of gang violence. The applicant feared that he would be extorted based on perceived wealth. The applicant's mother also was extorted and harmed when she couldn't pay. The applicant asked for asylum on the basis of his political... Read more

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