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Overcoming Inconsistencies Where an Asylum Applicant Has Suffered Traumatic Abuse

People come to the United States for a variety of reasons, one of which is to flee persecution and seek protection through an asylum application. The very nature of fleeing persecution means that the applicant has endured harm that naturally impacts their psyche in devastating ways. That is because what constitutes persecution for asylum purposes are events of trauma, and the consequences of trauma are broad, severe, and long-lasting. Survivors of trauma do not cognitively function or behave in the same way as those who have not survived trauma. It is therefore common for individuals to make false statements to immigration authorities at the border and even have inconsistencies throughout their account of abuse.

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