The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault strongly opposes a proposed federal rule because it eliminates necessary protections for survivors of gender-based violence, including survivors of sexual assault. The rule would make it very difficult for survivors of sexual violence to seek asylum in the U.S.
We support the needs of and advocate for the safety of survivors of sexual violence, including those who seek asylum due to gender-based violence. The proposed rule directly blocks access for survivors seeking protection and relief from immediate danger. The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault opposes the proposed rule because it
will prevent victims of brutal gender-based violence and oppression from obtaining protection under our country’s immigration laws.