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Jasmin Tohidi, '12 Featured in The Progressive on Asylum

Tuesday, July 14, 2020  
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Photos of Crowd Supporting Asylum Rights and Jasmin Tohidi

The successful asylum advocacy lawyering of Jasmin Tohidi, '12, (in photo above, right) was featured by The Progressive in an article titled "Closing the Door on Asylum" on July 9, 2020. The article begins as follows:

A brother and sister, aged twenty-seven and twenty-five, fled gang violence in El Salvador. They had refused to submit to threats by the gang Barrio 18 and made it to the United States. 

In February, the pair’s lawyer, Jasmin Tohidi, convinced an immigration judge in Arlington, Virginia, that their resistance to the gang was a political act deserving of protection under asylum law.

But under changes in asylum regulations proposed by the Trump Administration, Tohidi notes, this avenue to asylum would be closed. The Salvadorans would be deported because they could no longer claim that standing up to a gang resulted in persecution.

These sweeping changes are outlined by the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security in a 161-page document that was unveiled last month, with a public comment period that ends on July 15.

Continue reading the article in The Progressive.

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