Individuals who fear return to their country of origin due to violence or harm may be eligible to apply for asylum and related forms of relief.  In order to qualify, your fear must be based on one of the following:  race, nationality, religion, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.  Additionally, you must fear harm from someone in the government or a private individual who the government cannot or will not control.  These requirements are stringent and complex, making sound legal advice imperative in the context of an application for asylum.

Applications for asylum must be filed within one year of entry into the U.S.  There are limited exceptions to this bright line rule, but those can be difficult to obtain.  Cecily has argued exceptions to the one year bar on numerous occasions and has successfully presented claims for asylum in the following contexts:

  • Domestic and inter-family violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico

  • Racist persecution of indigenous populations in Guatemala

  • Persecution of non-registered  Muslims in Uzebikstan

  • Child abuse in Guatemala and Mexico

  • Homophobic persecution of gay and transgender individuals in Mexico and Venezuela

If you fear return to your home country you may be eligible to apply for asylum.  Please contact our office for further information.

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