Grace v. Barr

Last Updated

August 7, 2019

On July 31, 2019, CLINIC joined eight other organizations that serve survivors of gender-based violence to submit an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in a case called Grace v. Barr. The Grace case challenges guidance issued by the Department of Homeland Security to implement Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s decision in Matter of A-B-, 27 I&N Dec. 316 (A.G. 2018), which attempted to announce a policy stating that asylum claims pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence will not generally qualify for asylum. A D.C.-based district judge enjoined the new policy, and the government appealed. CLINIC and other organizations argue that the injunction is legally correct and provide the court with examples of gender-based violence that merit refugee protection.