Y.V.Z v. Attorney General: Amici Curiae Brief.
Sept. 28, 2012
The Partnership, along with the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies and the National Immigrant Justice Center, submitted the brief on this case supporting the petitioner’s request for a rehearing of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decision to deny her asylum application. The petitioner fled Peru as a young woman, age 15 at the time, to escape a violent man who targeted her to be his girlfriend. After the petitioner and her family endured threats and physical attacks for months, her family sent her to the United States where she applied for asylum. The BIA denied her request on the grounds that her abuser did not target her on account of her “gender-defined particular social group.” The brief argues that the BIA overlooked the gender-based nature of harm in the case.