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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sessions Tells Immigration Judges to Deny Asylum to Most Victims of Domestic Abuse, Others
June 11, 2018, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today expressed deep dismay at the decision of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse long standing policy allowing many victims of domestic violence to be granted asylum in the United States. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:
“The ruling also has ominous implications for victims of not only domestic violence, but of gang violence, religious persecution, and persecution as LGBTQ individuals. Those now in detention awaiting action on such claims, and even those who have been granted relief, can now be sent back to their home countries where they will be in fear for their lives.
“The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) joined with nine other organizations on an amicus brief arguing that Sessions should maintain asylum relief for those suffering from religious persecution inflicted by private, non-state actors. To deny relief to victims who come from lawless states that will not protect them would surely contradict our fundamental American commitment to protect those terrorized for their religious convictions.
“NCJW will support any further appeal of this egregious new policy.”
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