Should America Give Refuge to Abused Women?

Trump seems to say, not anymore.

News Story (NATIONAL)

Julia Preston
Marshall Project
April 17, 2018

Tags: Asylum, Crime Victims, Deportation

Organizations mentioned/involved: American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Vera Institute of Justice, National Immigrant Justice Center


Women in an exodus from Central America since 2014 have succeeded in winning asylum or other protections in the United States as victims of a pandemic of domestic abuse in that region. Because of recent cases that established fear of domestic violence as a legitimate basis for asylum, those claims often found more solid legal grounding in immigration court than claims of people who said they were escaping from killer gangs.

Now the Trump administration, determined to stop the stream of people to the border from Central America, is moving to curtail or close the legal avenues to protection for abused women like L.C.