On May 19, 2020, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed that women fleeing brutal domestic violence in their home countries can qualify for asylum in Juan Antonio v. Barr.
The applicant, Maria Magdalena Juan Antonio, sought safe haven in the United States after enduring years of brutal domestic violence in her home country. The Sixth Circuit reversed the lower courts’ denial of asylum to Ms. Juan Antonio and sent her case back down to be reconsidered.
The court soundly rejected former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ attempt to close the door to survivors in Matter of A-B- and reaffirmed that women seeking refuge from countries where gender-based violence is perpetrated with impunity can qualify for asylum.
Visit ImmigrantWomenToo.org to learn more about the struggle to secure safety and justice for refugee survivors of domestic violence like Ms. Juan Antonio: https://www.immigrantwomentoo.org/
You can read the court’s decision in Juan Antonio v. Barr here: https://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/20a0156p-06.pdf
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CGRS works to defend the fundamental human rights of refugee women, children, LGBTQ individuals, and others who flee persecution in their home countries. We combine legal strategies with policy advocacy and human rights interventions to secure greater protections for refugees and asylum seekers.