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Firsthand stories from courageous women who have left everything they know behind to find safety and justice

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Asylum Means Survival


The rate of femicides (gender-motivated killings of women) in Honduras is 12 times the global average. It’s nearly 6 times the average in El Salvador and triple in Guatemala.


In Guatemala, 99% of violent crimes against women are dismissed.


Congress passed the Refugee Act, enshrining in U.S. law our commitment to protecting refugees in accordance with international law.


The percentage of asylum cases rejected by Stuart Couch, the immigration judge who twice denied Ms. A.B. asylum.


Between 2008 and 2015, there was a 390% increase in domestic violence cases in Honduras.

35 years

The average life expectancy for transgender women in El Salvador.


Asylum approval rates for Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Hondurans declined sharply - by 38% - following Jeff Sessions’ June 2018 Matter of A-B- ruling.


50,000+ asylum seekers and immigrants are currently locked up in immigration prisons.


URGENT: Speak Up to Save Asylum!

The Trump administration has weaponized the COVID-19 pandemic against immigrant women and others seeking refuge in the United States.

Under the pretext of public health concerns, border agents have summarily expelled upwards of 150,000 asylum seekers at the border since March - sending thousands of women and children right into harm's way.

Sign our petition and join us in urging Trump’s Department of Homeland Security to stop turning back domestic violence survivors and all other asylum seekers at the border. 


The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies protects the fundamental
human rights of refugee women, children, LGBT individuals, and
others who flee persecution in their home countries through legal
expertise and training, impact litigation, policy development,
research, and in-country fact-finding.

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