Asylum is protection given to foreigners who may be harmed in their home countries. The person applying must prove the fear is real and the reason for the harm. In some countries, people may be harmed because their family members were harmed. For example, in Guatemala, after a gang kills a father, they may continue pursuing the mother or the remaining children.
Recently, the First Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed that family is a particular social group. So, someone can apply for asylum based on that "social group" alone, without also having to prove that they were attacked based on their political opinion or other reason. See information on that court decision by clicking here.
If you know someone who is in fear of being hurt in their home country after a close family member was harmed, please have that person call the Broward law firm of Blandon Law at (954) 385-0157. We work exclusively in immigration and are nationally recognized experts in asylum. Everyone at Blandon Law speaks Spanish.