Case Number: 2017-001229

38 year old female from Mexico seeking asylum. Entered the United States in June of 2005 without inspection. She then re-entered the United States on October 2, 2015. She was paroled into the United States. She came because about 6 years ago, her boyfriend and father of her USC daughters was murdered by her brother. Her brother killed him because he wanted to hurt her. Her brother has threatened her daughters. Now she fears her brother will kill her if she returns to her home country. Currently in removal proceedings. Next Court Date: Individual Hearing on October 8, 2019 at 8:30am

Case Number: 2019-002688

This is an asylum case for a Venezuelan. Applicant is from Venezuela.  She arrived with her minor daughter in the US in 2018.  They entered the US with tourist visas.  Applicant filed an affirmative asylum, but the case was referred to immigration court because she could not establish past of future persecution.  Applicant went by herself to the immigration interview in California.  She filled out the asylum application by herself.  Applicant was a top level executive state government in Venezuela.  She worked for the opposition when they were in power of that state.  Applicant had been working for the opposition for about 20 years.  On October 2017, the current government won the elections to control/govern that state.  In January 2018, when the new government took office, applicant started being pressured by the high ranking officials to provide them all the information regarding applicant’s personnel.  At the beginning applicant would provide them information regarding salaries about each of her employees, but then these officials started requesting information about the political parties these employees supported.  Applicant refused to give them that information. Then, they officials started threatening applicant.  They told her that if she did not turn in the information to them, she would have to face the consequences.  The officers started pressuring applicant by moving her to a small office.  They prohibited her to take her break to go pick up her daughter from school.  They made her work extended hours every day.  Applicant has to get help from someone to pick up her daughter from school.  Applicant could not leave the office until these officers said that she could.  Applicant would lock her officer for security reasons after she left for the day.  When she came back the following day she would notice that people had gone through her paperwork.  For the next few months, the threats and pressure continued.  In May 2018, applicant left her house early in the morning to take her daughter to school.  Applicant and her daughter took a taxi.  About 5 minutes later, a man got in the car and he called her by her name.  Then, he proceeded to point a gun at applicant’s daughter.  He requested that applicant gave him her cell phone.  Applicant complied and he got out of the car.  Applicant and her daughter were terrified and crying.  Applicant did not file a police report because she knew that the current government controlled law enforcement.  She had to tell her daughter that she could not leave school by herself even if someone called her because she was afraid that someone would do something to her daughter.  Applicant states that to prevent being identified she had to change clothes when she got to her place of employment.  When this incident happened, applicant knew that her and her daughter’s lives were at risk.

Next Court Date: May 14, 2019 at 9:30am  (Judge Sharda)