Some years ago, before the United States recognized that domestic violence was grounds for asylum, I represented a woman who was seeking asylum due to years of brutal violence inflicted upon her by her husband and the failure of her government to protect her. "Ann" was a successful business person from East Africa who had experienced … Continue reading “Go Home & Work It Out With Your Husband”: Why Sessions’ Ruling On Asylum Is So Devastating for Women Fleeing Domestic Violence
As Father’s Day approaches, I keep thinking about one father in particular from Guatemala who is over 2,000 miles away from his 8-year-old daughter. Last week, that little girl told me about the day she was torn from her father’s arms at the border. In tears, they begged the Border Patrol officer to let them … Continue reading “Zero-Tolerance” Policy, in Tearing Families Apart, is Inhumane and Illegal
Courtnie Gore is an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow with The Advocates' Refugee and Immigrant Program. Equal Justice Works is an organization that funds internships and programs for lots of different causes. The focus of Courtnie's fellowship is immigration. What are some of the benefits of working as a legal fellow? The guidance - … Continue reading What’s it like to be an Advocate for Human Rights? An interview with Courtnie Gore
The Advocates is able to help these women and children in two important ways: providing legal assistance in their asylum cases and using their experiences to advocate at the United Nations for law and policy changes in their home country of Guatemala.
We commemorate World Refugee Day on June 20, 2017 by sharing some of our clients' stories of courage and hope. Please take five minutes to listen to their stories.
Will the United States step up and be a moral leader for the refugees fleeing Central America? Sonia Nazario, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and The Advocates' 2015 Human Rights Award recipient, asks this question in her news report on how the United States, according to Nazario, "has outsourced a refugee problem to Mexico that … Continue reading Good Question