Asylum Program


El Rescate provides representation to individuals seeking asylum in the United States based on past persecution or a well-founded fear of future persecution due to political opinion, race, religion, gender identity, nationality or membership in a particular social group. In 2014, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) opened the door to asylum eligibility for victims of domestic violence as members of a particular social group: married women, a classification revoked by the current administration.

El Rescate’s asylum program offers comprehensive “hands on” training on asylum law to volunteers and pro bono attorneys so that they may properly assist asylum seekers. Depending on the procedural aspects of a case, asylum applicants are provided representation in administrative hearings before immigration judges or on appeal before the Board of Immigration Appeals.