Guatemalan Women Could Be Eligible For Asylum Due To Murder Rate

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A map of Guatemala A map of Guatemala (Vardion/Wikipedia Commons)

More than 5,000 women have been murdered in Guatemala in the past 10 years and many were tortured and mutilated in the process. Fewer than two percent of those killings have been prosecuted. This week, a federal court decided that these horrible statistics may be enough of a reason to classify all Guatemalan women as a social group eligible for asylum in the U.S.

Alan Hutchinson is the lawyer who argued the case. He joins us to talk about the decision and the complicated case of civil rights in Guatemala.

Guests:

Alan Hutchinson

Produced by:

Samantha Fields

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