- Created: Monday, 08 September 2014 19:52
- Written by Gihan L. Thomas
In a precedential decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA or Board), women who are subjected to domestic violence have finally been recognized as a particular social group that merits asylum protection laws in the United States.
On August 26, 2014, the Board of Immigration Appeals have finally rendered a favorable disposition for ALL women who are subjected to domestic violence in their home countries and cannot receive protection from the police and the government officials. In Matter of A-R-C-G, the Board recognized that women could be subjected to cruelty during their marital union. Police in respective countries, do not afford protection for these women. Thus, such women may seek protection and be granted asylum in the United States. Women must show that they were subjected to either physical or mental abuse. They attempted to report such abuse and that the authorities in their home countries have failed to protect them and prosecute their spouses.