Friday, October 30, 2009

US Takes Steps Towards Protecting Abused Women Seeking Asylum

U.S. May Be Open to Asylum for Spouse Abuse
Published: October 29, 2009

"In an unusually protracted and closely watched case, the Obama administration has recommended political asylum for a Guatemalan woman fleeing horrific abuse by her husband, the strongest signal yet that the administration is open to a variety of asylum claims from foreign women facing domestic abuse...

Immigration lawyers said the administration had taken a major step toward clarifying a murky area of asylum law and defining the legal grounds on which battered and sexually abused women in foreign countries could seek protection here."

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