U.S. May Grant Asylum Rights to Victims of Spousal Abuse

Saturday, October 31, 2009
Rody Alvarado

Rody Alvarado of Guatemala appears headed for permanent residency in the United States, and in the process may set the precedent for women to receive asylum from abusive husbands. The Guatemalan woman has been trying for 14 years to remain in the U.S. since fleeing her husband, Francisco Osorio, a former soldier. Osorio allegedly subjected his wife to severe beatings that included pistol-whippings and throwing her head against windows and mirrors.

Alvarado arrived in the U.S. in 1995 and has gone through numerous immigration hearings to gain asylum on grounds of escaping abuse. The Justice Department recently agreed to support Alvarado’s case, leaving the matter in the hands of an immigration judge. Her attorney, Karen Musalo, said she expects the judge to rule in her client’s favor, which would make Alvarado’s legal battle “the iconic case of domestic abuse as a basis for asylum.”
-Noel Brinkerhoff
U.S. May Be Open to Asylum for Spouse Abuse (by Julia Preston, New York Times)


workingman 10 years ago
I think asylum should also be given to all the ugly people of the world. Heck, lets let everyone have asylum in the USA. Come one, come all, the American taxpayer can take care of you all.

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