08 March 2010 

Asylum Granted for Victim of Domestic Violence

Immigration Judge grants Political Asylum to El Salvadorean Woman who Suffered Years of Abuse from Domestic Partner

On Friday, an Immigration Judge granted political asylum to a woman from El Salvador based upon years of terrible abuse that she suffered at the hands of a man she had lived with for over 20 years. She had had 2 children with this man, and he was an alcoholic and drug abuser who beat and raped her over many years until, feeling she could not be safe in El Salvador from this man, she felt she was forced to escape to the United States to save her life. 

The Judge noted recent case law which stated that one who suffered abuse from a spouse or domestic partner can establish past persecution and a well-found fear of persecution may be granted political asylum. 

Now, the Asylee will have permission to work for one year, and then will be able to apply for permanent residence. 

Attorney Pures and his staff prepared and prosecuted this case and should be commended for their excellent work

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