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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

IMPORTANT CASE: Guatemalan victims of domestic violence can get asylum

     Today, the Board of Immigration Appeals -- which supervises the country's Immigration Judges -- decided that married women in Guatemala who are unable to leave an abusive relationship can get asylum in the U.S.  The case can be found on this link.  Although it is a case about a married Guatemalan woman, there is no reason that the case should not also apply to women from other countries where domestic violence is tolerated by the police.  There is also no reason that this logic should not apply to child victims of domestic violence.
     Blandon Law in Broward county has helped women survivors obtain asylum from countries as diverse as El Salvador and Turkey. One year after asylum, they obtain green cards.  If the domestic violence happens in the United States, we can help clients obtain green cards directly.  This is based on a law known as Violence Against Women Act. 
     If you know a foreigner who is a survivor, and needs immigration help, have them call the immigration law firm at 954-385-0157 to schedule a consultation.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

U.S. Detaining Families Seeking Asylum with "Bond" Rule

     The President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association recently wrote a piece about how the U.S. government is shamefully detaining families seeking asylum.  Using high bonds, or denying bond altogether, families are forced to choose between danger in their home countries or jail here.
    The Central American children's crisis has been going on all year, and only threatens to worsen.  At this link is a New York Times article from April 2014.
   We agree that families "should be permitted to seek the comfort and stability of life outside a detention facility while they wait for a fair decision."
    If you know someone who needs bond because they have been detained, have their friend or family member call the Broward law firm of Blandon Law at 954-385-0157.  All staff members speak Spanish.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Family, Without More, Can Be a Reason to Request Asylum

      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.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Landowners and Those Who Oppose Gangs May Be Able to Get Asylum Under New PSG Definition

    Thirty years after the first case that defined "particular social group" in asylum, the Board of Immigration Appeals has just published a new case with a more detailed definition.  It can be read here.
    Thanks to the fact that  foreigners who are members of a particular social group can get protection in the U.S., gays, victims of domestic violence, former police members, and others are here legally.  In this case, the Board was trying to decide whether "youth from Honduras who do not want to join a gang."
    In order to obtain asylum as a member of a particular social group, foreigners must demonstrate that they are "socially distinct within their societies."  In other words, they need to show how others know they are different.  A "successful case will require evidence that members of the proposed particular social group share a common immutable characteristic, that the group is sufficiently particular, and that it is set apart within the society in some significant way."

Monday, January 27, 2014

Asylum Win for Client, Domestic Violence Victim from Central America

     On January 24, 2013, Blandon Law won asylum for a woman from El Salvador, who was in deportation proceedings before an Immigration Court judge.  She was a victim of domestic violence and feared she would be killed by the father of her children if she returned to her country.
     Survivors of domestic violence do not automatically win protection in the U.S., so we were very glad to be able to help our client.
     We organized evidence for her and prepared her for the hearings before the Immigration Judge, to be sure she completely answered all questions asked of her.  In addition, we worked with her therapist who wrote a report about the effects of the abuse she suffered.  Now, she will be allowed to get work permit, drivers license in Florida, and bring her children as refugees.

     If you, or someone you know, was a victim of domestic violence in their home country, please have them call Blandon Law at 954-385-0157.  There are deadlines for asylum cases, so please have them call as soon as they can.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Attention Guatemalan Women

     Women from Guatemala who have been in the United States for less than a year should consider applying for asylum if they fled their homeland due to violence. 
     The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that Guatemalan women could apply for asylum because of the high murder rate of females in that country.  More than 3,800 Guatemalan women have been murdered since 2000 and fewer than 2 percent of the crimes have been solved, according to the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.
     Asylees obtain employment authorization, a drivers license and one year after their case is granted, they can apply for legal permanent resident status, which allows them to work and stay in the country legally.
     Because violence against women extends throughout Central America, the Court's ruling will also be of significant benefit to females from other countries, such as Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador.
     To obtain legal advice and see if you should apply for asylum, contact the Firm at 954-385-0157.

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