[Stop-traffic] US: REALLY URGENT ACTION APPEAL!

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] US: REALLY URGENT ACTION APPEAL!
From: Debbie Anker (danker@law.harvard.edu)
Date: Thu Jan 18 2001 - 08:46:02 EST


The Women Refugees Project of the Refugee Law Center and the Harvard
Immigration and Refugee Clinic have sent the below message to
Attorney General Janet Reno, asking her, before she ends her office,
to vacate a decision of the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals denying
political asylum in a case of domestic violence. As explained in our
sample letter, it is critical that she do so, as the decision is a
major setback for women's human rights and right to equality under
our refugee laws.

SHE MUST ACT IMMEDIATELY AND HEAR FROM CONCERNED INDIVIDUALS AND
ORGANIZATIONS IMMEDIATELY.

Her email is:
Attorney General Janet Reno
Fax: 202-307-6777
Email: web@usdoj.gov

Dear Attorney General Reno:

We urgently ask you to act on the recommendation of your Acting INS
Commissioner, and vacate the Board of Immigration Appeals' decision
in Matter of R-A- (denying asylum protection to a Guatemalan woman
based on domestic violence) in the short, effectively 4 days in which
you have left in your office. As many have written to you, that
decision is inconsistent with established principles of international
and US asylum law; pending proposed regulations seek to address some
of the specific issues problematically decided in that case. That
regulatory process will be a forum for public comment and
consideration of the issues. The decision must be vacated to make
that possible.
There are only 4 days left for action in this matter. We urgently ask
you to act immediately.
Deborah Anker, Nancy Kelly, John Willshire-Carrera
Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinic
Refugee Law Center,
Women Refugee Project


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