9th Circ. Revives El Salvadoran Woman’s Asylum Push
Law360 (August 28, 2020, 2:25 PM EDT) — The Ninth Circuit has ordered the immigration court appellate board to consider whether El Salvadoran women could qualify for asylum protections due to gender-based violence, saying the board incorrectly deemed the proposed social group too large and ignored the question.
Under a decade-old ruling, an immigration judge couldn’t disregard Kenia Martinez-Mejia’s claim for asylum protection just because she argued that El Salvadoran women — purportedly half the population of the Latin American country — were a distinct social group subject to persecution, the three-judge panel said in an unpublished Thursday opinion.
Martinez-Mejia fled El Salvador twice, seeking to escape an abusive…