U.S. Attorney General States That Domestic Violence Is Not Grounds for Asylum

The U.S. Attorney General has overturned the Board of Immigration Appeal’s decision that recognized domestic violence victims’ ability to qualify for asylum. The Attorney General’s decision focused on whether a victim of domestic violence could prove that she was persecuted as a member of a “particular social group.” 

The decision also stated that “[g]enerally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-governmental actors will not qualify for asylum.” 

Compiled from: Matter of A-B- (June 11, 2018), Sessions Says Domestic and Gang Violence Are Not Grounds for Asylum, NY Times (June 11, 2018).