U.S. Court Rules Domestic Violence Victims May Be Eligible For Asylum



For the first time ever, domestic violence victims may be able to qualify for asylum in the United States. In a landmark decision, the Justice Department’s Board of Immigration Appeals ruled in favor of a woman fleeing domestic violence in a country where authorities failed to protect her and decided she was a in a valid social group eligible for refuge.

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The ruling was made in the case of an unidentified Guatemalan woman who crossed into the U.S. illegally in 2005 after escaping from her husband who beat and raped her. According to the Huffington Post, the woman claimed she called local police in Guatemala multiple times to report the abuse but authorities told her that they wouldn’t interfere with her marriage. The woman ultimately fled to the U.S. where she argued that the abuse and lack of police response in her…

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