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April 2019 Archives

Life After a Voluntary Departure Overstay:

J came to YMF in April of 2017 as he was reporting with the Enforcement and Removal Office (ERO) in Newark, NJ. He had been told he would need to get ready to depart the country if there was no resolution to his case as he had accepted Voluntary Departure (VD) from an Immigration Judge in 2007. As J had failed to timely depart as required the Order of Voluntary Departure converted to an Order of Removal.

Some Light in the Darkness: Hope after Matter of A-B- Domestic Violence Asylum Claim Granted

In the summer of 2018, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a decision in Matter of A-B- overruling a pivotal domestic violence based asylum case, Matter of A-R-C-G-. The holding in Matter of A-R-C-G- allowed women to seek asylum in the United States by establishing that they had been the victim of domestic violence, that they were unable to leave the relationship, and that their government cannot protect them. In overruling that case, the AG made it extremely difficult for victims of domestic violence to receive protection in the United States despite the fact that in some countries, merely being a woman puts someone in extreme danger with no protection from the government. The result of A-B- has been tragic as many women have been forced back to their country where they will likely be harmed or even killed by their abusers.

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