A federal appeals court granted asylum to a cross-dressing Mexican gay man who, because of his sexuality, was persecuted by his family, school officials and police. The man, Geovanni Hernandez-Montiel, applied for asylum in 1995, but was denied. During his appeal, a Latin American History expert testified that Mexican police and citizens do heavily persecute gay men with female sexuality identities, and that Hernandez-Montiel would definitely face discrimination and harassment if he was deported to Mexico. The decision by the federal court to grant asylum to persecuted gay men broadened the circumstances of persecution that will be considered during asylum hearings in the future.
9/12/2014 Violence Against Women Act Turns 20 - Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary. . . .
9/12/2014 Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery - An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment.
Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home. . . .