U.S. government is endangering the lives of thousands of women and children

June 20, 2018

As an international organization that recognizes that sexual and gender - based harassment and violence are contrary to its core principles and which advocates strongly for human rights and women’s rights, the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) finds Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ over - ruling of the Matter of A - R - C0G, 26 I & M 338 (BIA 2014) to be contrary to the protections that U.S. asylum law should afford to refugees.

The Executive Council of LASA is deeply troubled by Session’s ruling and its implications for women and child refugees who have a legal right to protection under U.S. and international law. Here is why.

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About LASA

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

If you wish to interview a LASA Executive Council member, you can contact the LASA communications office at (412) 648-7929 or send an email to lasa@lasaweb.org.