Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Unpub. BIA FGM Asylum Victory; Exception to One-Year Rule; Guinea

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Prof. Jon Bauer writes: "I'm attaching here a BIA decision that may be of interest, issued October 10, 2012 in a case handled by the University of Connecticut Law School's Asylum and Human Rights Clinic.   Our client has consented to allow the decision to be distributed.  The decision overturns an immigration judge's decision denying asylum to a woman subjected to female genital cutting in Guinea because of her failure to file within a year after entering the U.S.  Our client arrived in 2000, but did not apply for asylum until 2005.  During that time, she experienced pain whenever she had sexual relations with her husband, which caused her great stress and anxiety.  The pain was attributable