A truly great win for our community and the larger world.
This week the story of a Mexican woman with a history of domestic violence at the hands of her common law husband and her plight to overcome her terrifying but not uncommon situation demanded the attention of the Executive Office.
The Obama administration recognized her situation and granted her asylum within the United States.
At Sojourn, we could not be more thrilled. This case is groundbreaking and may open doors to those seeking asylum because of domestic violence in the future.
As quoted by The New York Times, Simona Agnolucci who represented the defendant, “The Department of Homeland Security has recognized that asylum should be available to women who have suffered domestic violence and whose governments won’t protect them. Now the day finally came when the department said these are the criteria required to show a case for asylum.”
Read more at, http://www.globalshift.org/2010/08/16/obama-administration-extends-asylum-for-domestic-violence-victims/
photo thanks, Ms. Magazine
I am on the road and the lovely Pat Butler alerted me to this posting on HuffPo by Jackson Katz. Katz studies male violence against women and the cultural circumstances that allow and even encourage this type of behavior. His work deeply aligns with and supports the mission of Sojourn and this article speaks to his intelligence and ability to analyze violence against women.
Thank you Jackson.