CLINIC Files Amicus Brief in 10th Circuit Family-Based Asylum Case

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April 29, 2021
On April 8, 2021, CLINIC and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, or CGRS, filed an amicus brief with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, on behalf of an asylum seeker and her son. The family fled El Salvador following the murder of one family member, and death threats against the petitioner in this case. Nonetheless, the Board of Immigration Appeals, or BIA, rejected the case, finding that the family was not a cognizable particular social group and that there was no nexus between the harm and a protected characteristic. CLINIC and CGRS laid out the long history of family being a protected ground as well as other flaws in the BIA's reasoning.