Immigration Law

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Unpub. BIA Remand: Honduras, Political Opinion; Equality for Women
Posted on 22 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Geoffrey Hoffman , Director, UHLC Immigration Clinic, writes: "I wanted to share a decision granting a remand from the BIA in a Matter of A-B- type case from my friends and colleagues at The Modi Law Firm!!! Great job. The decision... Read More

CA4 on Honduras, Gang Violence: Alvarez Lagos v. Barr
Posted on 17 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alvarez Lagos v. Barr "Sindy Marilu Alvarez Lagos testified credibly that she and her then-seven-year-old daughter, natives and citizens of Honduras, were threatened with gang rape, genital mutilation, and death if they did not comply with the... Read More

Tags: USCIS , Honduras , asylum

Honduran Mom in Artesia Granted Asylum by Video
Posted on 2 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"An immigration judge [in Arlington, VA] granted asylum on Thursday to a Honduran woman and her children after the woman testified that she was beaten, threatened and raped at gunpoint by her husband before fleeing to the United States. The woman... Read More

As Honduras Unravels, U.S. Struggles to Cope with Refugees
Posted on 7 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On Saturday a group of 61 men, women and children walked across the Hidalgo International Bridge near McAllen to seek political asylum. At least 48 of the immigrants were fleeing Honduras, which has the highest murder rate in the world. The men... Read More

CA5 on Honduras, Asylum, Persecution, Social Group - Cabrera v. Sessions (May 7, 2018)
Posted on 7 May 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cabrera v. Sessions, May 7, 2018 - "In sum, we hold that the BIA erred in requiring Cabrera to prove past persecution to establish a claim based on a well-founded fear of future persecution; and, second, in recharacterizing Cabrera’s claimed... Read More

Asylum Victory in Hartford: Matter of R-G- (Death Threats from Gangs in Honduras, El Salvador)
Posted on 31 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Jon Bauer writes: "In a case handled by UConn Law School’s Asylum and Human Rights Clinic , a Hartford immigration judge granted asylum to R-G- , a young Salvadoran man who faced death threats from gangs in Honduras and El Salvador. R... Read More

Asylum Victory in New Orleans; Honduras, Social Group, Mendes Rojas
Posted on 13 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hats off to Prof. Hiroko Kusuda , Clinic Professor and Director of Immigration Law Section of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Center for Social Justice, and Mary K. Richardson, Student Practitioner... Read More

CA4 on Honduras, MS-13, Nexus - Salgado-Sosa v. Sessions
Posted on 19 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Salgado-Sosa v. Sessions, Feb. 13, 2018 - "Reynaldo Salgado-Sosa, a native and citizen of Honduras, seeks asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. If he is returned to Honduras, he fears, he will face persecution... Read More

Honduran Asylum Victory: False Accusation of Gang Membership by DHS, Virginia Police
Posted on 2 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here's a link to a 17-page decision issued March 15, 2016 by Arlington IJ Rodger C. Harris. Hats off to Jay S. Marks ! Read More

Unpub. BIA Asylum Victory: Honduras, Domestic Violence, Social Group
Posted on 25 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Christina Brown writes, "[Here is an] unpublished BIA decision granting asylum on an A-R-C-G- claim for an unmarried woman in a short term relationship. If you need any additional information, including facts about the case, please do not hesitate... Read More

Unpub. BIA PSG (Pro Bono) Asylum Victory - Honduran Journalist
Posted on 23 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hats off to Kramer Levin pro bono attorney Marsha Sukach , volunteering for the BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project , who scored this ' particular social group ' asylum win on appeal: "[W]e conclude that the respondent has demonstrated he suffered... Read More

Unpub. BIA Asylum Remand Victory: Honduras, Social Group
Posted on 1 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Since the time of the respondent's hearing, the Board has issued several decisions addressing the issue of particular social group. See Matter of M-E-V-G-, 26 I&N Dec. 227 (BIA 2014), and Matter of W-G-R-, 26 I&N Dec. 208 (BIA 2014)... Read More

CA7 (Posner) on CAT, Honduras, HIV Status: Velasquez-Banegas v. Lynch
Posted on 21 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Velasquez-Banegas v. Lynch - "Suppose a person if removed to his country of origin would be sure to be persecuted unless, by living in a cave, he avoided all contact with other persons. The next step would be to rule that no one can have a real fear... Read More

IJ on Asylum, Social Group, Honduras: Matter of O- (Unpub.)
Posted on 14 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Camila Palmer writes: "I wanted to share an IJ decision finding my client was a member of a PSG of "former honest police officers," distinguishing Matter of Fuentes. I think its a well-written decision and thought it might be useful to... Read More

CA4 on Asylum, Nexus, Honduras: Cantillano Cruz v. Sessions
Posted on 13 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cantilloano Cruz v. Sessions, Mar. 13, 2017 - "Luz Marina Cantillano Cruz (Cantillano Cruz), a citizen of Honduras, petitions for review of a final order of removal entered by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).1 The BIA affirmed an immigration... Read More

Tags: nexus , Honduras , asylum