Immigration Law

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CA5 on Political Opinion, Opposition to FGM: Jalloh v. Barr
Posted on 31 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jalloh v. Barr (unpub.) "The petitioner in this case fled his home country after receiving death threats for writing a newspaper article calling for the abolition of female genital mutilation. An immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals... Read More

Arlington Asylum Office FGM Training Slides (May 15, 2015)
Posted on 8 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Large PDF (over 12MB) of 46 pages, Arlington Asylum Office FGM Training Slides (May 15, 2015). Obtained by David Cleveland via FOIA. Read More

Unpub. BIA Asylum Victory, Senegal, FGM
Posted on 20 Dec 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Contrary to the Immigration Judge's finding (I.J. at 10-11), the fact that the respondent does not fear being subjected to female genital mutilation upon her return to Senegal is insufficient to rebut the presumption of future persecution. Rather... Read More

Unpub. BIA FGM Asylum Victory; Exception to One-Year Rule; Guinea
Posted on 3 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Jon Bauer writes: "I'm attaching here a BIA decision that may be of interest, issued October 10, 2012 in a case handled by the University of Connecticut Law School's Asylum and Human Rights Clinic. Our client has consented to allow... Read More

Pro Bono AAO Hardship 212(i) Waiver Victory; FGM; Cote d'Ivoire
Posted on 26 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hats off to Cyrus D. Mehta for this pro bono publico victory: "Here we find that the record establishes that the applicant's spouse will suffer extreme hardship as a consequence of being separated from the applicant. The record shows that... Read More

Unpub. BIA Victory: Mali, FGM, one-year bar
Posted on 17 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Geoffrey A. Hoffman writes: " The UH Immigration Clinic has just won an appeal from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) involving an asylum claim which was denied previously by the Immigration Court here in Houston. The claim was filed... Read More

Unpub. BIA Asylum Victory, Somalia, FGM
Posted on 5 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"In sum, we conclude that the respondent met her burden of proof for asylum based on suffering FGM and that she merits relief as a matter of discretion." - Matter of X-, Dec. 31, 2013 . [Hats off to Kim Hunter !] Read More

Eleventh Circuit on FGM, Senegal, relocation: Seck v. Atty. Gen.
Posted on 8 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Ms. Ndeye Ndicke Seck, a native and citizen of Senegal, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA’s”) final order, which affirmed an Immigration Judge’s decision to deny her application for withholding... Read More

Posted on 18 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This case will make an interesting teaching example for immigration professors discussing the ramifications of the Attorney General’s precedential decision on female genital mutilation (FGM), Matter of A-T- I&N Dec. 617 (A.G. 2008... Read More

Tags: mali , bia , fgm , matter of a-t-

CA7 on FGM, Botstwana: Musa v. Lynch
Posted on 23 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Musa v. Lynch, Feb. 19, 2016 - "Bathusi Musa, a citizen of Botswana, petitions for review of the denial of her application for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture, all based on her fear that her family... Read More