AsylumConnect Week in Review 03/18/2019

This week AsylumConnect brings you the latest news on how the “remain in Mexico” immigration policy has affected asylum seekers. In a chilling update to last week's news of human rights violations against LGBTQ Chechens, Ramzan Kadyrov promised his government will no longer tolerate human rights activists. Read on to learn more about issues facing asylum seekers and the LGBTQ community.

A Honduran Father Is Reunited With His Daughter, 10 Months After Being Separated

John Burnett- NPR

“A desperate father, once deported, has trekked 2,000 miles from

Honduras to cross the border again and reunite with the daughter who was separated from him last spring.

He is one of more than 200 parents who were deported to Central America while their children were placed with sponsors or in foster homes in the United States.”

Immigration Groups Want Data On HIV Asylum Seekers

Beth Fertig- WNYC

“Aaron Morris, executive director of Immigration Equality, noted that persecution against people with HIV, as well as those who are LGBT, is common in parts of Central America, Africa and Eastern Europe. This is why the public deserves to know whether these asylum-seekers are having success.”

Trump admin has turned back 240 asylum-seekers at border under 'Remain in Mexico' policy

Julia Ansley- NBC News

“Under the Trump administration's Remain in Mexico policy, 240 asylum-seekers have been turned around near San Diego and sent back to Mexico where they must wait until a U.S. immigration judge can hear their case, Department of Homeland Security officials said Tuesday.”

Lesbian asylum-seekers at the mercy of German bureaucracy

Luisa Rollenhagen- Deutsche Welle

“Namusoke, 48, and Johnson, 27, are two lesbian women from Uganda and Nigeria respectively, who have come to Germany in search of asylum. They've explained — first to the police officers who picked them up, then to the aid workers at the refugee centers where they were transferred, and then at their asylum application interview at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) — that they feared for their lives in their home countries. That as a lesbian woman, nowhere was safe. And now they're in acute danger of being deported back to the places they have desperately been trying to escape.”

Chechnya verdict could mark new purge of human rights activists

Andrew Roth- The Guardian

“A court in Chechnya will deliver a verdict in the trial of a prominent human rights worker on Monday that could mark a new purge of activists from the Russian republic.”