Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

BIA (unpub.) on Duress, Particularly Serious Crime

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Jon Bauer writes: "I'm pleased to attach this decision recently issued by the Board of Immigration Appeals in a case handled by the Asylum and Human Rights Clinic at the University of Connecticut School of Law.  Our client is a longtime U.S. permanent resident from Zimbabwe whose father was a vocal opponent of the Mugabe regime.  She came to the U.S. as a child, and attended high school and college here, but later became involved with an abusive boyfriend who coerced her into carrying drugs for him.  Her abuser threatened to beat and sexually abuse her son if she refused.  She was convicted of a drug trafficking crime, but the sentencing judge found that had acted under duress and issued a lenient sentence.  The Immigration