AsylumConnect Week in Review 03/10/2019

This week we take a look at violence facing women in Russia and at the southern border. While the number of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border continues to increase, a federal court decided to protect their legal rights. Continue reading to get the latest news about LGBTQ and asylum seeker rights.

Queer women in Russia’s North Caucasus ‘face sexual violence, forced marriage, and murder’

Global Voices

“Queer women in Russia’s North Caucasus face attempts to ‘cure’ them, beatings, rape, forced marriages, and murder, according to a recent report interviewing a number of queer women from the region. While some gay men have been able to flee, the report said women were less able to do so as their money, movement, careers, and private lives were controlled by male ‘guardians.’”

U.S. Continues to Separate Migrant Families Despite Rollback of Policy

Miriam Jordan and Caitlin Dickerson- The New York Times

“Nearly nine months after the Trump administration officially rescinded its policy of separating migrant families who have illegally crossed the border, more than 200 migrant children have been taken from parents and other relatives and placed in institutional care, with some spending months in shelters and foster homes thousands of miles away from their parents.”

Asylum-Seekers Can Appeal Fast-Track Deportations, Court Rules

Matthew S. Schwartz- NPR

“A federal court made it harder Thursday for the U.S. government to quickly deport asylum-seekers if they fail an initial screening at the border.

A law passed by Congress in 1996 sharply limited the ability of asylum-seekers to access U.S. courts if they want to challenge decisions of an asylum officer and immigration judge. Those limitations are unconstitutional, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said.”

U.S. faces 'crisis' at southern border, Nielsen says

Yeganeh Torbati and Mica Rosenberg- Reuters

“ U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Wednesday defended the government’s position that the country faces a dire crisis due to migration at the U.S.-Mexico border in the face of fiery questioning from Democrats in Congress.”

‘You Have to Pay With Your Body’: The Hidden Nightmare of Sexual Violence on the Border

Manny Fernandez- The New York Times

“On America’s southern border, migrant women and girls are the victims of sexual assaults that most often go unreported, uninvestigated and unprosecuted. Even as women around the world are speaking out against sexual misconduct, migrant women on the border live in the shadows of the #MeToo movement.”