Letter from Reps. Lofgren and Conyers to Attorney General Mukasey

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 08013161 (posted Jan. 31, 2008)"

On 01/30/08, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) joined with Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) in co-signing a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, expressing their concern over a recent decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) that appears to reverse U.S. policy regarding the protection of women subjected to severe human rights abuses such as female genital mutilation (“FGM”) and forced marriage. The BIA denied the asylum claim of a woman who had suffered FGM as a child and who feared that she would be subjected to a forced marriage if returned to her native Mali.