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Female Genital Mutilation
The United Nations and the International Human Rights Organization are now on a mission to end Female Genital Mutilation. They asked other legislations to stop this practice once and for all and save women.
Several nations now acknowledge Female Genital Mutilation as a breach of the human rights of women and girls. It is the most acute form of violation against gender and indicates the gender disparity that exists in our society. In most cases, FGM is done on children or teenagers, and hence it falls under the violation of children’s rights. The following are the other human rights violations involved in the act of FGM:
- Right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment,
- Right to health, security and physical integrity and
- Right to life, in case the person dies during the procedure (even when the statistics are not available, several women or girls died due to bleeding during the procedure)
Health Issues related to FGM
The worst part of the inhumane procedure is that it does not have any health benefits but several health issues. During the process, the healthy tissues of female genitals are unprofessionally removed and damaged. It disturbs the normal functioning of a female body and results in several health issues.
More than three million women undergo FGM every year and suffer the immediate effects of the procedure. There are also several future health issues, including cyst formation and increased risk of HIV, thus a clear fundamental human rights violation. Around 100-140 million women/girls have undergone this inhuman procedure, which calls for an immediate solution.
How Your Family Members Can Get a Green Card
If you are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident and you are eager to bring your family overseas, you can help them obtain a green card with assistance from a family immigration attorney. You’ll need help from a legal expert because of the complexity and breadth of immigration laws that determine whether or not someone should be able to immigrate as a lawful permanent resident. Furthermore, there is an abundance of paperwork necessary for family immigration that an immigration lawyer can guide you through. The process starts by filling out Form I-130 from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
One of the most important steps is proving your relationship to the family member who desires to immigrate. An attorney from Sadri Immigration Law is available to help you obtain all necessary documents and complete all of the necessary applications to pave the way for your family members to join you overseas. Keep in mind that the eligibility of certain family members changes based on whether you are a citizen or a green card holder. Citizens can petition for their spouse, children, parents, or siblings. Lawful permanent residents can only petition for spouses and unmarried children.
Recent changes in FGM
The UN and the International Human Rights Organization are working hand in hand to create awareness against FGM. With the help of governments, community groups, society organizations, and religious leaders, several communities are on the path of change.
Around 8000 Middle Eastern and African communities stopped the practice in the last three years. As people become aware of the ill effects of the procedure, many are ready to change the cultural practices and social norms. Now several communities are working to protect the rights of women and save them from such harmful practices.
Political Asylum for victims of FGM
The Board of Immigration Appeal granted an immigrant victim of FGM political asylum on October 14, 2011. They stated that “unless it is proved otherwise, it is presumed that she will suffer the same (in her country).” Many women still undergo this procedure not knowing about the verdict of the Board of Immigration Appeal, US. So if you have suffered or is in danger of suffering FGM in your country, you can apply for Political Asylum in the US.
Suppose you are in the notion that it is a single decision, no. There are several other similar decisions after that.
The famous February 17, 2012 decision of the Department of Justice Board of Immigration Appeals stated that FGM is a strong base for an asylum claim. The board also stated that if a woman or girl is subjected to persecution earlier on a protected ground, she has eligibility for political asylum in the US. And the same applies if there are reasonable chances that she might face severe other danger in her country irrespective of a protected ground. In such cases, she will be eligible irrespective of whether the harm is associated with the original prosecution.
So contact an FGM Attorney if you or someone you or someone you know is at the risk of FGM in their Native Country.
However, a victim who applies for political asylum only on the grounds of past persecution without establishing the future threat of persecution might receive a discretionary grant of Humanitarian Asylum. It will be based not just on the earlier persecution but also according to the chances of future persecutions that might happen to the victim if deported to the native country. Victims of any act that falls under the Conviction Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, can apply for asylum.
Sadri Immigration Law Firm
Sadri Law, PC, the San Jose-based immigration law firm is working for years to help victims of FGM to benefit from the Political Asylum of the US. We believe that asylum is just not about providing a place of shelter for the victim of persecution but an opportunity to rebuild their life. It also, for us, is the way of redefining American Laws for immigration and asylum.
FGM lawyers from Sadri law firm have great experience in bringing justice to FGM victims, forced marriages, and human trafficking. We were able to convince the asylum officers and judges that the inhumane activities mentioned above fall under persecution. And the victims who fled their country have eligibility for asylum.
We aim to work for the helpless and help them get the peaceful life everyone deserves. Our goals are not limited to ensuring justice to our clients, but no one applying for a visa with valid reasons faces denial or unreasonable delay.
Our fight extends to anyone who suffered or is at risk of suffering from human rights violations. We believe that every individual should enjoy the personal right to health, security, and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, and the right to life. No one deserves to die due to an age-old practice that does not bring any benefit to anyone.
It is your chance to be free from your sufferings. Reach out to Immigration lawyer in San Jose now if you are suffering persecution in your country and want to live a safe life in the US.