In 2018 Jeff Sessions (then Attorney General) denied asylum to Ms. A.B., a woman from El Salvador who bravely sought protection in the United States after enduring over 15 years of extreme physical, sexual, and psychological abuse from her ex-husband in El Salvador.
In his ruling, known as Matter of A-B-, Sessions overturned a landmark legal precedent that had affirmed the right of domestic violence survivors to seek asylum, characterizing these harms as “private” matters that our government does not have a responsibility to address.
He used Ms. A.B.’s case to undermine access to protection for countless asylum seekers fleeing gender-based violence, gang violence, and other harms.
We are calling for Matter of A-B- to be overturned once and for all, and for our government to respect the rights and dignity of asylum seekers. Join us and stand with women seeking asylum so that they may survive, and find the safety and justice that all women deserve.
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