For Survivors of Violence in Central America, Asylum Can Be a Matter of Life or Death

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The people who come into our shelter in Santa Cruz County have frequently been beaten, trafficked and sexually assaulted in Central America. They have come to the United States as a last resort—in order to save their lives.

But a policy change under our current presidential administration threatens the health and well-being of these victims of violence.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently reversed an appeals court ruling, “the Matter of A-B-,” that granted a Salvadorian woman asylum from domestic violence. The Board of Immigration Appeals ruled in her favor in 2016, after she had sustained 15 years of brutal violence from her ex-husband. The Salvadorian government was unable to protect her, leaving her only recourse to flee the country and seek asylum here.