Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 07/16/2009

the U.S. as an asylum for battered women

The Obama administration recently created a new policy that allows foreign women who are the victims of severe domestic violence to receive asylum in the United States.

The policy outlines that to receive asylum, women must show that they are:

“treated by their abuser as subordinates and little better than property…and that domestic abuse is widely tolerated in their country. They must show that they could not find protection from institutions at home or by moving to another place within their own country.”

One such moving story is that of L.R. (identity protected), a Mexican woman who, according to San Francisco court documents, had an abusive partner who:

“made her live with him, and forced her to have sex with him by putting a gun or a machete to her

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