Sessions’ immigration decision on domestic violence threatens women’s lives

Published in MinnPost online newspaper on June 21st, 2018

By Cheryl Thomas, Melissa Scaia, and Helen Rubenstein

The high bar set by Attorney General Jeff Sessions for victims of crime to qualify for asylum protection means that many women will be shut out and, as a result, many women will die.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions dealt a deadly blow to women across the world on June 11. By denying victims of domestic violence the possibility of asylum in the United States, he eliminated a last hope of escaping brutality and even death at the hands of their intimate partners. In a continuation of this administration’s harsh policies toward women, refugees and migrants, domestic violence victims now join young children torn from their families, victims of gang violence, and others who are being denied basic humanitarian assistance in escaping persecution in their home countries.

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