Fwd: Action Needed Immediately to Protect Rodi Alvarado (US residents only)
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Your action is needed immediately to help protect Rodi Alvarado and other women fleeing gender persecution.
Attorney General John Ashcroft is now poised to decide whether to allow Rodi Alvarado, a Guatemalan battered wife, to remain in the United States - or to deport her to Guatemala. On February 19, we had a partial victory in the case: the Department of Homeland Security submitted a legal brief formally advising Ashcroft to uphold asylum for Alvarado. Ashcroft's ruling could have wide ramifications in other cases where women seek asylum for gender-related persecution, like threats of honor killing.
--> Please write immediately to Attorney General Ashcroft asking him to uphold Rodi Alvarado's grant of asylum, and issue regulations that do not limit gender-based asylum claims. To take action, click on this link or paste it into your Web browser:
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About Rodi Alvarado
The terrible facts of Rodi Alvarado's case are undisputed. She fled Guatemala and applied for asylum in the United States in 1995, after suffering ten years of relentless domestic abuse. Her husband Francisco Osorio, a former soldier, attempted to abort their second child by kicking her in the spine, dislocated her jaw, tried to cut her hands off with a machete, kicked her in the genitals, and used her head to break windows and mirrors. Ms. Alvarado sought assistance from the Guatemalan police and the courts - in vain. If Mr. Ashcroft denies asylum to Rodi Alvarado, she would be deported to Guatemala, where she faces battering and possible killing by her husband, who has vowed to find her.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
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