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Justice Center Statement on Change in U.S. Policy on Asylum for Survivors of Domestic Violence

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Justice Center Statement on Change in U.S. Policy on Asylum for Survivors of Domestic Violence

This week the Obama administration issued a new policy on asylum for survivors of domestic violence. This policy overturned the policy under the previous administration that claimed domestic violence was a private matter and therefore those who experienced domestic violence were not eligible for asylum in the U.S.

Abused women will need to show that they were treated almost like property by their abuser and that domestic abuse is widely tolerated in their country. They must show that they could not find protection from the abuse at home, at an agency or by moving to another place within their own country. In addition there are many other strict guidelines for which all asylum applicants must demonstrate their eligibility.

This is a huge victory for survivors of domestic violence who flee to the U.S. This does not mean that all survivors will be able to obtain asylum, but for some of our clients who meet this criteria there will now be some hope.

To read a New York Times artilce covering the change in policy, click here.