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Asylum II

This lesson will discuss the requirement of a well-founded fear of persecution and the requirement of “state action.”


This lesson is a continuation of the discussion of asylum. Let’s pick back up with particular social groups.

I. Particular Social Groups

Countless particular social groups potentially exist. Examples include:

• young women from an African country where the government encourages female genital mutilation, who don’t wish to undergo it;

• former members of the national police force in El Salvador, who’re being targeted for retaliation under the new governmental regime there; and

• LGBTQ persons in...