CA1 on Imputed Political Opinion, Pakistan: Javed v. Holder

"Javed's credible, factual testimony amply established that his persecutors imputed a political opinion to him (albeit incorrectly), and that this opinion was at least a "central reason" for their attacks on him. ... The Board and IJ's contrary conclusion is not supported by the...

Landmark CA1 Decision: Ordoñez-Quino v. Holder (Guatemalan Indigenous Claims)

Prof. Nancy Kelly writes: "In a landmark First Circuit decision, the Court today issued an opinion finding past persecution in the case of a Mayan man, based on the long history of genocide in his country. The client was represented by the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program."...

CA1 on IJ/BIA Errors of Fact: Perez v. Holder

"As [OIL] now concedes, both the BIA and the IJ mistakenly concluded that Perez could have continued his social activism provided he paid extortion money to the gang members. But that erroneous finding conflated Perez's testimony that the gang demanded payment for the continued operation of...

CA1 on Guatemala, Asylum, Mixed Motive: Aldana-Ramos v. Holder

"Petitioners Elvis Leonel Aldana Ramos ("Elvis") and Robin Obdulio Aldana Ramos ("Robin") seek review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") denying their applications for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture...

CA1 on Asylum, Persecution, Indonesia: Panoto v. Holder

"Petitioner Marla Panoto and her husband, both Indonesian citizens, petition for review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") affirming an order of an Immigration Judge ("IJ") denying her request for asylum. Because the BIA gave an insufficient explanation of...