Political Asylum

  • News

    August 25, 2010

    Asylum Denied

    Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Asylum for Battered Women -- a Question Raised by a San Francisco Case a Decade Ago -- Gets Obama Administration as an Advocate

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has paved the way for battered women from countries where such abuse is widely accepted to be granted asylum in the United States. The DHS declared its opinion in a court filing of an asylum case of a Mexican woman only referred as L.R., who was denied by a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    S.F. Study: Immigration Judges More Burned Out Than Prison Wardens

    What happens when judges' job burnout level gets too high? You don't want to know.According to a just-published survey of 96 U.S. immigration judges, the men and women deciding delicate asylum cases are stressed and burned-out to the point that the term "asylum" begins to have unpleasant connotation ... More >>

  • News

    December 17, 2008
  • News

    December 10, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    SF Weekly Challenges Guardian Op-Ed on "Border Crossers"

    By Lauren Smiley Usually SF Weekly lets its stories speak for themselves, yet the op-ed in the Guardian attacking my "Border Crossers" cover story last week -- comparing me to Jerry Springer and the Weekly to the National Enquirer -- calls for a response. My story took a critical yet sensitive loo ... More >>

  • News

    November 26, 2008

    Border Crossers

    Long rap sheet? No problem. Transgender Latina hookers in S.F. are successfully fighting deportation by asking for asylum.

  • Calendar

    July 4, 2007
  • News

    May 10, 2006

    The Asylum Trap

    Unscrupulous attorneys prey on immigrants seeking green cards with an expensive and fruitless legal scheme. Now 29 Mexicans have joined the disbarment case against one such lawyer.

  • Film

    July 21, 2004

    Zoom Lens

    The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues its "can't we all get along" ethos

  • News

    March 3, 2004

    Letters to the Editor

    Week of Wednesday, March 3, 2004

  • News

    October 16, 2002

    International Dateline

    How a 24-year-old San Jose woman became a media liaison for Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan

  • News

    October 25, 2000

    Shelter from the Storm

    Should the U.S. give asylum to victims of domestic violence? A Mission District woman's case may help decide that question.

  • News

    March 22, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters from March 22, 2000

  • News

    March 15, 2000

    Spiritual CULTivation

    In China, Falun Gong practitioners are beaten and persecuted, so the U.S. is granting them asylum. But is this movement as harmless as it seems?

  • News

    July 7, 1999

    Torture of a Transsexual

    In a landmark case, Amanda DuValle, allegedly brutalized in Nicaragua because she is a transsexual, escaped deportation from the U.S. by invoking the U.N. Convention Against Torture. But if she won, why is she still in jail?

  • News

    April 1, 1998

    Safe Haven?

    Gay-bashing survivor applies for political asylum

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