She Was Raped and Threatened With Death. Now She Has Lost Hope of Asylum.

Across New York, and the nation, on Tuesday, immigrants and their attorneys were grappling with the precedent-setting decision — and the stern warning to heed it — that Mr. Sessions issued to immigration judges on Monday.

News Story (New York)

Liz Robbins
New York Times (NYT)
June 12, 2018

Tags: Asylum, Domestic Violence

Organizations mentioned/involved: Immigrant Community Law Center (New York City), Central American Legal Assistance (Brooklyn)


Mr. Sessions effectively narrowed the definition of persecution when he reversed a decision by an appellate board in a 2016 asylum case. Because immigration courts are housed under the Justice Department, not the judicial branch of government, he has the authority to overturn their decisions.

“The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, cannot itself establish an asylum claim,” he wrote in the introduction to his decision.