Subject: [Stop-traffic] Re: US: REALLY URGENT ACTION APPEAL!
From: Melanie Orhant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Jan 23 2001 - 11:18:21 EST
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.
>SHE MUST ACT IMMEDIATELY AND HEAR FROM CONCERNED INDIVIDUALS AND
>Her email is:
>Attorney General Janet Reno
>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
Please contact me off-list for any questions about Stop-Traffic at
Women's Reproductive Health Initiative
Program for Appropriate Technology in Health
Stop-Traffic is an open, facilitated, international electronic list
funded by the Women's Reproductive Health Initiative of the Program
for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) that addresses human
rights abuses associated with trafficking in persons, with a strong
emphasis on public health. The focus of Stop-Traffic is the
trafficking in persons into sweatshop labor, domestic servitude,
forced prostitution, forced agricultural labor and coercive
mail-order bride arrangements. Trafficking in people for forced
labor is an ever-growing worldwide phenomena that affects the health
and well-being of millions of women, men and children.
To subscribe or unsubscribe, please go to
For additional information about trafficking of persons for forced
labor, please go to http://www.stop-traffic.org.
This archive was generated by hypermail 2a22 : Tue Jan 23 2001 - 11:33:49 EST