Thursday, July 16, 2009

Asylum to be expanded to Battered Women

In a surprise turn of events the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is instituting a new policy that will enable certain victims of domestic violence to seek asylum protection in the United States.

In order to obtain asylum an individual must be able to show that they were harmed (or fear harm) by the government in their home country on account of their race, religion, political beliefs, their membership in a particular social group, or because of some immutable characteristic. This inclusion of some victims of domestic violence into the recognized definition of "a particular social group" opens up a world of possibilities for asylum seekers in the United States.

You can read the full text of the brief filed by the DHS here.

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