Saturday, December 21, 2013
The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at UC Hastings recently published a pro se manual for women who have fled domestic violence in their homes countries and are seeking protection in the United States. The manual responds to a call from advocates after hearing countless stories of women who fled domestic violence but who did not apply for asylum or were denied relief because they were unable to obtain representation while in immigration detention. Although this manual is geared at women in detention who face imminent removal from the United States, the manual also instructs women on how to file for asylum affirmatively. We hope it will increase awareness of the availability of asylum based on domestic violence and provide the tools needed for women who have no choice but to represent themselves.