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Unpub. BIA Asylum Victory; Egypt, Persecution, 'Unreasonable Expectations'

David L. Cleveland writes: "An asylum applicant from Egypt suffered real harm, including an assault by an unidentified man that left her unconscious, but was denied by the IJ for failing to show the motive of her attacker. The BIA said that the IJ "may have imposed an unreasonable expectation...

Cleveland v. DOS: FOIA Lawsuit Over Country Reports

How accurate are the State Department Country Reports? David Cleveland is suing to find out. Here's a link to the lawsuit.

Unpub. BIA Credibility Remand: Camaroon

David L. Cleveland of Catholic Charities of Washington writes: "Respondent, from Cameroon, testified he was imprisoned and beaten three times. He also gave the court a fake photo of his injuries. The Immigration Judge denied asylum, deeming respondent not credible, in large part because of the fake...

EAJA Fee Victory in FOIA Lawsuit

Michelle N. Mendez, Senior Attorney, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington, Immigration Legal Services writes: "Immigration Legal Services of Catholic Charities of Washington is pleased to announce that it received $20,000 in attorney fees, in settlement of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA...

Asylum Granted by Cleveland IJ: Guatemalan Women Unable to Leave Common-Law Marriage

"Respondent has established that Guatemalan women who are unable to leave a common law relationship is a particular social group. ... Considering these actions in context with the fact that most such violence in Guatemala is motivated by gender, the Court finds that the Respondent has demonstrated...

DOS Releases Asylum Country Profiles to Settle FOIA Lawsuit

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF WASHINGTON DC IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE RELEASES 15 “ASYLUM COUNTRY PROFILES” TO SETTLE A FOIA LAWSUIT On June 16, 2014 David L. Cleveland wrote: "The Department of State recently released 15 “Asylum Country Profiles” to...

DC Circ. on FOIA: Bayala v. DHS

Bayala v. DHS, June 28, 2016 - "Florent Bayala filed a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) lawsuit when the Department of Homeland Security failed to disclose many of the immigration documents he had requested and gave no particularized explanation for its withholding decision. Shortly...

USCIS RAIO Directorate Training Module: Persecution

USCIS Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Officer Training Module: Definition of Persecution and Eligibility Based on Past Persecution Obtained through FOIA by David Cleveland .

Arlington Asylum Office FGM Training Slides (May 15, 2015)

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