Matter of L-S-, ID 3742, 25 I&N Dec. 705 (BIA 2012)

Matter of L-S-, ID 3742, 25 I&N Dec. 705 (BIA 2012)

Matter of L-S-, ID 3742, 25 I&N Dec. 705 (BIA 2012) -

(1) An asylum applicant who has established past persecution but no longer has
a well-founded fear of persecution may nevertheless warrant a discretionary grant
of humanitarian asylum based not only on compelling reasons arising out of the
severity of the past persecution, but also on a “reasonable possibility that he or she
may suffer other serious harm” upon removal to his or her country under 8 C.F.R.
§ 1208.13(b)(1)(iii)(B) (2011).

(2) “Other serious harm”may be wholly unrelated to the applicant’s past harmand need not
be inflicted on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social
group, or political opinion, but the harm must be so serious that it equals the severity
of persecution.

(3) In determining whether an applicant has established a “reasonable possibility” of “other
serious harm,” adjudicators should focus on current conditions that could severely affect
the applicant, such as civil strife and extreme economic deprivation, as well as on the
potential for new physical or psychological harm that the applicant might suffer.