Friday, June 16, 2017

CGRS Practice Advisory for Fear of Gang Cases


Dear Colleagues,

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) is excited to announce the release of our practice advisory, Asylum Based on Fear of Gangs and Other Organized Criminal Groups: Central America and Beyond. The advisory provides a comprehensive guide to asylum claims based on persecution by gangs. Though the majority of these claims involve Central American gangs, the advisory also applies to persecution by other gangs or organized criminal groups.

The advisory proceeds in two parts. Part I provides a brief summary of conditions in the countries currently producing the majority of gang claims as well as an overview of gang decisions from the BIA. Part II provides guidance to attorneys representing persons fleeing gang violence, concentrating on claims based on membership in a particular social group and political opinion but also addressing religion- and race-based claims. Three appendices chart relevant gang-based asylum decisions from the U.S. courts of appeals, current through May 2017. Although the focus of the advisory is on asylum, Part II offers brief discussions of withholding of removal and protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT).

If you are an attorney, legal professional, or law student representative and would like to request a copy of the advisory to aid you in your asylum case, simply submit a CGRS technical assistance request here:

If you are a student, journalist, academic, or other professional seeking to use the advisory for research or other purposes, please submit an academic or media request here:

The CGRS Team


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