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Court Upholds Asylum Denial to Guatemalan Woman Who Was Repeatedly Abused by Domestic Partner

The Eighth Circuit upheld the BIA’s denial of asylum to the petitioner, finding that a reasonable adjudicator would not be compelled to find that the Guatemalan government was and would be unwilling or unable to protect the petitioner against her daughter’s abusive father.

Court Upholds BIA Reversal of IJ Grant of CAT Deferral to Domestic Violence Victim

Court Upholds BIA Reversal of IJ Grant of CAT Deferral to Domestic Violence Victim

The First Circuit denied the petition for review and held the BIA correctly found the petitioner was unable to prove that the Dominican government acquiesced in her domestic abuse. Thus, the petitioner failed to meet the CAT definition of “torture” mandated for deferral of removal.

ACLU Files Lawsuit Regarding Expedited Removal and Matter of A-B- Asylum Policies

The district court issued an opinion finding that several of the credible fear policies articulated in Matter of A-B- and a subsequent Policy Memo, including the general rule against domestic violence and gang-related claims, are arbitrary and capricious and contrary to law. The court enjoined the government from continuing to apply the unlawful policies and from removing plaintiffs who are currently in the United States without first providing credible fear determinations consistent with the immigration laws. The court also ordered the government to return to the United States the plaintiffs who were unlawfully deported and to provide them with new credible fear determinations. (Grace v. Whitaker, 12/19/18)

Another one of Trumps polices struck down in Court

A Visa Program That Protected Domestic Violence Victims Is Now Putting Them at Risk of Deportation

USCIS’s new NTA policy and new restrictions on when immigration judges can issue continuances have made applying for a U visa a much riskier endeavor for undocumented crime victims, leading immigration attorneys to discourage them from applying in certain circumstances. Around 75% of those granted U visas are sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking victims

Question: What if I know somebody in question is not married, but still being beaten by her husband and has escaped to the U.S. Can she apply for this kind of asylum?

Answer: In this case, there is actually an unpublished case that allows this to go forward. However, even without this case, it is possible. You will have to define the social group differently. In this case, I can see some group similarly referencing women that are being beaten, but are in ‘common law’ marriages and/or who have kids that have suffered, etc.

Question: What if my country has laws against domestic violence? Will I not be able to apply?

Women victims of domestic violence can come to the U.S. and apply for asylum

Matter of A-R-C-G- is a great BIA case that shows that women who are victims of domestic violence outside the U.S. have a chance to escape their persecution by coming to the U.S. and applying for asylum based on persecution of a particular social group.

Another Win for Law Offices of Brian D. Lerner on U Visa

U visa certified by the Long Beach City’s Prosecutor for client who was a victim of domestic violence  in 2002.

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