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CA2 on Social Group, Cooperating Witnesses: Gashi v. Holder

"Azem Gashi, a citizen of Serbia, petitions for review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) affirming the oral decision of Immigration Judge (“IJ”) Alan A. Vomacka, which denied Gashi’s application for asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under...

En Banc CA9 on 'Social Visibility' - Henriquez-Rivas v. Holder

"Henriquez-Rivas claims she is entitled to asylum because, as a person who testified in a criminal trial against members of a gang who killed her father in El Salvador, she is a member of a particular social group, on account of which she faces a well-founded fear of persecution if she were to return...

New BIA Precedent Decisions on Social Group, Social Visibility

Both on Feb. 7, 2014: Matter of W-G-R-, 26 I&N Dec. 208 (BIA 2014) - (1) In order to clarify that the “social visibility” element required to establish a cognizable “particular social group” does not mean literal or “ocular” visibility, that element is renamed...