Dear Friends,

The Brazilian Women’s Group denounces as criminal, dangerous, and inhumane Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to deny asylum protections to victims of violence, the majority of whom are women fleeing domestic violence and sexual assault in Central America. Mr. Sessions’ ruling goes against international policies established by the United States Refugee Convention.

The impact of such ruling is devastating not only to the victims but also to those women currently suffering in silence for fear to expose their abusers. Even worse, perpetrators will feel supported and encouraged by Mr. Sessions’ vile decision.

The Brazilian Women’s Group stands with all victims of gender violence, Brazilians or otherwise, and reaffirms its commitment with the dignity of all human beings. The Brazilian Women’s Group is confident that this ill and flawed decision will be appealed and due process will prevail.

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