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Immigration Law

CA9 on Cameroon, Persecution, Social Group, Relocation: Akosung v. Barr

Akosung v. Barr

"Yvette Akosung fled her Cameroonian village after she was ordered to marry the village chieftain, known as the Fon. For more than a year, she lived in hiding, moving from place to place to avoid capture. The Fon’s envoys pursued Akosung and threatened punishment to anyone who harbored her. Akosung ultimately made her way to the United States, where she applied for asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). The immigration judge denied relief on all claims. The Board of Immigration Appeals then dismissed Akosung’s appeal, prompting this petition for review. Because the Board’s reasoning does not account for Akosung’s credible testimony and otherwise rests on errors of law, we grant the petition for review and remand for further proceedings."

[Hats off to Benjamin T. Wiesinger!]