AsylumConnect Week in Review 01/06/2019

The start of 2019 brings troubling human rights news from Brazil as well as huge setbacks in America’s asylum policy.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro targets indigenous groups, LGBTQ rights on 1st day as president

Mauricio Savarese- PBS

“In removing LGBT concerns from the responsibilities of the human rights ministry, Bolsonaro did not name any agency to consider such things. He has strongly criticized what he calls “gender-based ideology,” saying it is a threat to Brazil’s Christian values.”

After the Caravan

Annette Lin- The Nation

“For these young immigrants, getting to the border was just the beginning.”

A Woman Facing Deportation Says She Was Denied Justice Because She Speaks An Indigenous Language

Adolfo Flores- Buzzfeed News

“The woman, who asked to be identified only by her initials, JGCA, said she's faced an uphill and unfair battle in the nation's immigration court system since she entered the country in 2007 when she was 16. She fears going back because of the years of sexual assaults she endured at the hands of family members in Guatemala.”

Migrants in Tijuana Know Trump Doesn’t Want Them. They Aren’t Giving Up.

Paulina Villegas- The New York Times

“For weeks, they walked from Central America up to the Mexican border with the United States, fleeing poverty and violence. All along the way, President Trump described the migrants as a danger, as invaders trying to crash their way into the United States. But they didn’t stop their trek north.”

'The US can't dump people in Mexico': Trump asylum policy in doubt

Sarah Kinosian- The Guardian

“The measure would be the Trump administration’s most significant move so far to dissuade people from seeking asylum. It would relieve pressure on US immigration authorities – and transfer it to Mexico.”

LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Cannot Wait Safely in Mexico

Katie Sgarro- Advocate

“The Trump administration announced last month its most significant move yet towards dismantling the U.S. asylum system. Under its new policy, called “Migration Protection Protocols,” the U.S. will begin to require people who seek asylum at the southwest border (a total of 48 legal points of entry) to wait in Mexico while the U.S. immigration courts decide on their asylum cases.”