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A difficult road ahead for asylum rights advocacy

A commentary on Matter of A-B and family membership as a protected ground

by Philip Kretsedemas UMass-Boston, Sociology

          Just a few weeks ago, on June 11, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released Matter of A-B, an opinion that dramatically curtails asylum protections for survivors of domestic violence, and for many other people who have been persecuted by non-state actors. Matter of A-B has been described, and for good reason, as ushering a return to the dark ages of U.S. asylum law, especially for gender asylum advocacy.

           However, of the many concerns that have been raised about Matter of A-B, there has been no mention made of the ambiguous position it has taken on family membership as a protected ground, and how this protected ground applies to the kinds of asylum claims it is seeking to restrict. This issue is important because the opinion begins by defining domestic and gang violence survivors as victims of “private crime,” and then goes on to deliberate on wh…

A Summer Recap of Recent Popular Articles: “See What Your Colleagues are Reading in LSR.”

For some of us, in theory anyway, the summer months bring more time for reading and reflection. So, in between summer novels, you might wish to take a look at this selection of outstanding and recent articles published in the Law and Society Review.

The special issue is posted on the journal’s home page: “See What Your Colleagues are Reading in LSR.” We encourage you to take a look at this diverse and engaging collection of law and society scholarship. 
The range of issues covered is wonderful and collected from across our issues—migrant workers’ right, immigration processes and sanctions, rights coalition building, reexaminations of procedural justice claims, counter-terrorism work, and legal cynicism and situational trust.  Remember, if you see something you wish to comment on or engage with, the Law and Society Review Blog is just the place to do that.
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Margot Young
Co-Editor
UBC Law