[WUNC 91.5] She escaped violence in El Salvador, but there’s little time or resources to heal while seeking asylum in the US

June 11, 2018

Yocelyn is undocumented, but she didn’t cross the border illegally when she arrived on foot in Nogales, Arizona, in 2016. She waited in line at the port with everyone else trying to cross the border. When her turn came, she asked the US agent for asylum, her 6-month-old baby in her arms, three children and her brother standing by her side. She is among more than 17,000 people from El Salvador with cases pending in California immigration courts. Some cases of violence and abuse can be horrific, but might not fit the legal definition of warranting asylum, says Lindsay Toczylowski, executive director of the Immigrant Defenders Law Center in Los Angeles. Full Story Here

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