Thursday, June 12, 2008

Big FGM Victory in Second Circuit!

In a scathing opinion, a federal appeals court in Manhattan ruled on Wednesday that immigration judges and the appellate system established as a check on their decisions committed “obvious errors” by denying asylum to three Guinean women who claimed that they were victims of genital cutting back in Africa. The three women — Salimatou Bah, Mariama Diallo and Haby Diallo — had all appealed their asylum cases from immigration courts to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). The board, in separate decisions, ruled that because their genitals had already been cut, they had nothing more to worry about. In a unanimous decision, the Second Circuit overturned the board’s rulings and ordered it to hear the cases again.

For the N.Y. Times story on the case, click here.

The decision can be found at here.

The the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings College of the Law filed a supporting brief on behalf on the women.


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