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Case #2916 Congo, Democratic Republic Rape or sexual violence (non-domestic and non-gang))

IJ granted asylum on March 15, 2004. (Chicago). The applicant was detained, tortured and threatened with death by the Congolese government because of the political opinions of her live-in boyfriend. Her boyfriend held frequent political meetings at their home with his fellow university students. She did not participate in the meetings, and her boyfriend would not admit to her that the meetings... Read more

Case #421 El Salvador Political association/activist (including women’s rights activist)/whistleblower, Rape or sexual violence (non-domestic and non-gang))

The applicant is from a rural and remote part of El Salvador. She lived there with her mother, her father, and three brothers until 1990. One night in 1989 or 1990, ten armed members of the FMLN rebel group entered her house. The guerrillas ordered her father to pack some clothes and to go with them. The guerrillas threatened to return to get others who would be useful to them. Within a week... Read more

Case #12557 Honduras Domestic violence - Child abuse, Gang-related violence

The Kentucky Asylum Office granted asylum to three Honduran minors (two siblings and their cousin). The minors were living with their grandmother who owned a business. Gang members demanded money from the business and, on one occasion, shot the grandmother in front of the minors. Luckily she survived. After the grandmother recovered, they... Read more

Case #10644 Honduras Domestic violence - Child abuse, Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence)

A Los Angeles Asylum Office granted asylum to a Honduran minor who was physically and psychologically abused by her father. Her father locked up her, her mother, and brother whenever he was not at home. The girl was also raped by a half-brother who was about ten years older than her. 

Case #292 Jordan Honor killing or violence

The applicant is a Jordanian Catholic woman who fell in love with a Muslim man and became pregnant by him. They married, and left for Syria the same day. When she called her mother to tell her about the marriage, she learned that her father had hired someone in Syria with government connections to kill her because she had put a stain on the family's honor by marrying a Muslim man. A week later... Read more

Case #22138 Venezuela Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Child abuse, Domestic violence - In-law abuse, Domestic violence - Partner abuse

The asylum office granted asylum to a Venezuelan female applicant who experienced verbal, psychological, and physical abuse; and was repeatedly raped by a man with whom she had a child with. The applicant attempted to leave, but came back because she had nowhere to live and no money. The applicant called the police multiple times and filed... Read more

Case #5605 Somalia Female Genital Cutting - Past FGC

A Houston Asylum Office granted asylum to a young woman from Mogadishu, Somalia. The woman's parents were murdered in Mogadishu when she was very young and she was raised by her paternal aunt in Nairobi. She was repeatedly harassed, detained, and sexually assaulted by Kenyan police. When she was eighteen, thieves broke into her home and tried to rape her. Her aunt was killed when she... 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 #16753 Nigeria Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence)

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The asylum office referred the asylum claim of a Nigerian woman. Her attorney reported that the applicant suffered decades of physical and verbal domestic abuse from her spouse. The referral notice indicates the applicant failed to establish the harm she suffered and fears is on account of a protected... Read more

Case #17537 Iraq Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Political association/activist (including women’s rights activist)/whistleblower, Religious

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