Female Genital Cutting (FGC) / other mutilation

Type of persecution

Case #27962

Ghana Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Partner abuse, Female Genital Cutting (FGC) / other mutilation, Female Genital Cutting - Fears Future FGC to self, Marriage-related harms or honor violence, Child/forced marriage, Rape or sexual violence (non-domestic and non-gang)), Religious

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 #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 #21869

The Asylum Office granted relief to a woman from Chad who as a teenager was forced to marry a much older man. Her husband subjected her to physical and sexual abuse and tried to force her to undergo female genital cutting. The applicant's proferred social groups were "Chadian women forced into marriage as children who are unable to leave the marital relationship," "married Chadian women forced into marriage as children who resist being treated as property in the marital relationship and are unable to leave the marriage," and "married Chadian women unable to leave the marital relationship."

Chad Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Domestic violence - Partner abuse, Female Genital Cutting (FGC) / other mutilation, Female Genital Cutting - Fears Future FGC to self, Marriage-related harms or honor violence, Child/forced marriage, Polygamy

Case #12757

Mali Female Genital Cutting (FGC) / other mutilation, Female Genital Cutting - Past FGC

Case #6651

An Arlington Asylum Office granted asylum to a woman from Guinea. She is an orphan and was twice forced into marriage by her uncle. The uncle and both husbands were abusive. 

Guinea Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Female Genital Cutting (FGC) / other mutilation, Child/forced marriage, Polygamy

Case #6518

Mali Domestic violence (including child, partner, in-law violence), Female Genital Cutting (FGC) / other mutilation, Child/forced marriage

Case #5203

An Asylum Office granted asylum to a woman from Guinea.

Guinea Female Genital Cutting (FGC) / other mutilation, Child/forced marriage, Polygamy

Case #4549

An Asylum Office granted asylum to a Yemeni woman based on religious grounds and fear of FGC.

Yemen Female Genital Cutting (FGC) / other mutilation, Women's rights activist/feminist beliefs (non-domestic/familial and non-gang)

Case #3840

An IJ granted asylum on June 29, 2006. Client was a midwife in Guinea who was active in organizations opposed to FGC, which she had been subjected to at age 6. As a result of her own medical complications from FGC, she came to the U.S. to give birth to twin girls. The twins are U.S. citizens. While she was in the U.S. her husband's family took her other 3 daughters and had them cut without her knowledge or consent. She returned to Guinea with the twins. When the twins were about 4, her husband's family indicated that they intended to take them to be cut during the next school vacation. She then made arrangements for the family to come to the U.S. She applied for asylum on the basis of membership in a particular social group and CAT.

Guinea Female Genital Cutting (FGC) / other mutilation, Female Genital Cutting - Fears FGC to a child, Female Genital Cutting - Past FGC

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