On June 11, 2018, Attorney General Sessions issued a decision in Matter of A.B., which overturned a lower court decision and prior caselaw recognizing domestic violence survivors’ claims for asylum.
The decision disregards longstanding law, reports and studies on the dynamics and impact of intimate partner violence, and aims to make it harder for survivors’ asylum claims to succeed. Professor Julie Goldscheid, with invaluable input from Professors Janet Calvo, Nermeen Arastu and Talia Peleg, drafted a sign on letter for law professors who teach family law, domestic violence law, international human rights law, and who teach in and direct law school clinics representing survivors, that similarly calls on Attorney General Sessions to revoke the decision.
Over 220 (221) law professors signed onto the letter, which was sent to the Attorney General on June 26, 2018. It complements ongoing advocacy by the law school’s Immigrant and Non-Citizen Rights clinic on behalf of survivors of gender based violence who are seeking asylum in the United States, and local and national advocacy in support of humane, fair and non-discriminatory policies.