Friday, July 24, 2009

Obama administration extends asylum to battered women:

The Obama administration recently overturned the Bush administration, and created a new policy which permits women who have been victims of domestic and/or sexual abuse to receive asylum in the United States. This policy will allow women who are currently in the United States, or women who are hoping to escape to the United States, to apply for refugee or asylee status based upon this abuse.

In order to qualify for asylum, abused women will need to show not only that they were abused in their home country but that their country either has a culture of tolerating abuse, or that the government is incapable of protecting them. The women will also need to prove that they are unable to escape the abuse in their own country.

If you or somebody you know who falls into this category, please contact for further guidance.