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Subject: [Stop-traffic] Re: US: REALLY URGENT ACTION APPEAL!
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Jan 23 2001 - 11:18:21 EST

Dear list,

Janet Reno has vacated the decision in R-A-, denying asylum in a case of
domestic violence. It is a great victory, a result of much legal and
advocacy work by many organizations!


>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.
>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

Melanie Orhant
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