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This is what happens when government bureaucracy interferes with the lives of abused women who seek asylum.

A survivor of sustained domestic abuse, Rody Alvarado Peña escaped her homeland of Guatemala in 1995 and has resided here in the United States in a peculiar asylum “limbo”. For nearly fourteen years, Rody has been in a precarious system of appeals and denials.

The center of this bureaucratic conflict is how these women are viewed by certain functions of the government: is gender-based violence grounds for asylum?  According to the Board of Immigration Appeals, the United States’ highest immigration court, it is not.

Read the article here (Washington Post).

There is no reason faceless board members should decide the fate of an abused woman like Rody.  Supporters should be sending out constant pleas to the Obama Administration so that it will officially recognize this distressing issue, assuring that other victims of abuse are not stuck in limbo or deported.  The United States should set an example for the rest of the world that gender-based violence is a severe crime and is ready to take steps to protect those seeking refuge.


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