Female Genital Cutting - Fears FGC to a child

Type of persecution

Case #26250

The asylum office did not grant the asylum application of a woman from the Ivory Coast. The applicant was accused by her mother-in-law of being a witch and causing her husband's death. The applicant got into a dispute with her mother-in-law over who would inherit the deceased husband's home, after which the applicant was beaten by intruders. One of the applicant's daughters was taken by the applicant's in-laws and died after undergoing FGC. The applicant fears her surviving daughter, who remains in the Ivory Coast, will be subjected to FGC. The asylum office decision noted inconsistencies in the applicant's testimony, and also noted that the government arrested the applicant's in-laws and she decided not to press charges against them.

Ivory Coast Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - In-law abuse, Female Genital Cutting (FGC) / other mutilation, Female Genital Cutting - Fears FGC to a child, Female Genital Cutting - Past FGC

Case #16867

Togo Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Female Genital Cutting - Fears FGC to a child, Child/forced marriage

Case #16557

The immigration judge granted asylum to a Bambara woman from Mali who was subjected to female genital cutting (FGC) as a child and fears FGC to her U.S. citizen daughters. According to the applicant's attorney, the particular social group addressed in this case was Bambara women. The applicant applied for asylum almost ten years after entering the United States.

Mali Female Genital Cutting - Fears FGC to a child, Female Genital Cutting - Past FGC

Case #6903

An Immigration Judge granted asylum to a Malian woman who suffered child abuse by her father. She came to the United States to study and got pregnant while she was here. Her father was enraged and demanded her to return to Mali. He threatened that he would force her into an arranged marriage and circumcise her daughter. One year bar was waived.

Mali Domestic violence - Child abuse, Female Genital Cutting - Fears FGC to a child, Child/forced marriage

Case #6630

A San Francisco Asylum Office granted asylum to a Fula woman from Gambia who was subjected to FGC twice, once when she was 15 and later when she entered into an arranged marriage. She opposed FGC for her daughters but her older daughter was forced to undergo it by her in-laws. She fled to the United States to protect her younger daughter.

Gambia Female Genital Cutting - Fears FGC to a child, Female Genital Cutting - Past FGC, Child/forced marriage

Case #6588

The Chicago Asylum Office granted asylum to a Fulani woman from Gambia who was subjected to FGC as a child and was afraid she would be forced to have another one. Her tribe performs FGC in two stages - first on young girls and then again at the time of marriage.

Gambia Female Genital Cutting - Fears FGC to a child, Female Genital Cutting - Fears Future FGC to self, Female Genital Cutting - Past FGC

Case #6580

Asylum Office granted asylum in 2009 to a Malian woman based on her fear of FGC for her and her infant daughter.

Mali Female Genital Cutting - Fears FGC to a child, Female Genital Cutting - Fears Future FGC to self

Case #6323

An Asylum Office granted asylum to a Kenyan woman from the Masai tribe who was forced to undergo FGC when she got married. When her daughter turned 12 years old, she refused to let her daughter be cut and be married to Masai elder. Due to client's refusal, she and her husband were threatened, assaulted, and beaten. 

Kenya Female Genital Cutting - Fears FGC to a child, Female Genital Cutting - Past FGC, Child/forced marriage

Case #5283

An Asylum Office granted asylum to a Guinean woman from the Malinke tribe who feared that her young daughter would be forced to undergo FGC if she remains in Guinea.

Guinea Female Genital Cutting - Fears FGC to a child

Case #4792

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.

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

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