Spanish speaking client from El Salvador has an asylum hearing on March 21, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. She has been in the US since October 2018 and is pending removal. She seeks to assert an asylum defense. Upon entry to the US, for 2 months and released under a $12,000 bond after a 2 month journey from El Salvador to the U.S. Ms. Solano was left in the care of her disabled grandmother when she was 9 years old who provided all the basic necessities for her and her sister. When she was 13 years old her uncle moved in with them and during this time he was hired as a police officer at the local police station and when he took the job things started to change as he took a “Macho” attitude because he was a “man of authority” and he liked things a certain way. He started getting verbally aggressive and treated them as maids and started getting physical with her grandmother (grandmother is his sister). During the following years they were verbally abused by his authority but it was when she was getting older around 16-17 when she realized she had a specific sexual preference for women but kept it as a secret. Her uncle noticed how close she was to a girl and made comments about it but it was during once conversation she had with her grandmother when she confessed she is a lesbian that he overheard her and changed towards her. He was more verbally aggressive towards her, started getting physically aggressive towards her by slapping her in the face, hitting her with a bamboo stick for not getting things done around the house as a “woman should do” such as laundry and cleaning. A few years ago he tried to rape her to “make her feel like a woman and what real woman should feel”. Due to the continuous harassing due to her sexual preference and having no other family members she decided to come to the U.S. where her mom and sister currently live. Her uncle threated her several times as he was a police and nobody would do anything for her-he could do anything to her and no one would know/care.
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