Reframing Asylum Standards for Mutilated Women

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Valena Elizabeth Beety

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Date Written: February 25, 2008

Abstract

Women who have resisted and undergone female genital mutilation in the past are already within a paradigm of harm where it is possible they will undergo future harms. These harms, be they physical, economic, or forms of ostracism or retaliation, constitute persecution because of the applicant's past resistance and past mutilation. By recognizing that other harms inflicted on women can constitute persecution, women who have undergone female genital mutilation in the past can make successful claims for asylum based on past persecution.

Keywords: female genital mutilation, immigration, asylum, social group persecution, political persecution, sexual harm

Suggested Citation

Beety, Valena Elizabeth, Reframing Asylum Standards for Mutilated Women (February 25, 2008). Journal of Gender, Race and Justice, Vol. 11, No. 239, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1667118

Valena Elizabeth Beety (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States

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