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Archives: Asylum & Immigration

San Francisco and Santa Clara County v. Trump

NCLR, along with Centro Legal De La Raza, the Transgender Law Center, and El/La Para Translatinas filed an amicus brief...

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Case: Vo v. Gee

On February 8, 2017, NCLR, GLAD, and Lambda Legal filed an amicus brief arguing that Louisiana’s law requiring any foreign-born person...

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Case: In re Vicky

Vicky’s journey with NCLR is a journey that spans 11 years. In 2003 Vicky came to the U.S. seeking asylum...

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Case: In re Silah

Silah came to NCLR in 2013 after years of fear and abuse. Born in Mexico, Silah was able to escape...

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Case: In re Ariana

At just 12 years old, Ariana found herself living on the streets of El Salvador when her mother kicked her...

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Case: In re Admission of Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia’s parents brought him from Mexico to the United States when was an infant. Sergio’s father applied for an...

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Case: W.K. v. Gonzales

NCLR petitioned the Eighth Circuit to reconsider its denial of W.K.’s asylum application, a decision that would return W.K. to Zimbabwe where he was regularly abused, tortured, and imprisoned for being gay

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Case: Soto Vega v. John Ashcroft

NCLR filed an amicus brief on behalf of a gay Mexican man, Jorge Soto Vega, whose asylum application was denied by an immigration judge because Vega did not “look gay”

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Case: In re Shinegerel

NCLR helped a lesbian woman from Mongolia obtain asylum after she suffered severe abuse, interrogation, and threats of incarceration in her home country

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Case: Martinez v. Holder

Saul Martinez is a gay man from Guatemala who was beaten, sexually assaulted, and threatened by Guatemalan Congressman and repeatedly harassed by the Guatemalan police because of his sexual orientation. He fled to the United States and applied for asylum. However, in 1992, when he initially applied for asylum without an attorney, the U.S. had not yet recognized sexual orientation as a ground for asylum.

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