Sessions Rolls Back Asylum Protections for Domestic and Gang Violence Victims


Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Monday his decision to overturn earlier court precedent effectively rolling back protections for asylum-seeking men, women, and children fleeing domestic violence and criminal gangs.

Sessions referred Matter of A-B- to himself earlier this year—a case involving a Salvadoran woman who came to the United States seeking asylum after being brutalized by her husband.

In his decision, he overturned the precedential case Matter of A-R-C-G-, which recognized domestic violence can constitute persecution and form a basis for asylum. This decision has effectively removed a vital lifeline to victims of severe domestic and gang violence.

There is no doubt Monday’s decision will send countless mothers and children back to their abusers and criminal gangs.


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