Asylum Cooperative Agreement

[116] According to Carlos Valdez, director of Lambda, LGBT asylum seekers are often discriminated against, including in migrant shelters. For example, they may be harassed by other asylum seekers, be forced to eat separately and sometimes be forced to sleep separately from other asylum seekers. According to Lambda, LGBT migrants have been temporarily denied access to migrant shelters. Human Rights Watch interview with Carlos Valdez, lambda director, Lambda, Guatemala City, February 13, 2020. The United States is bound by the principle of “non-refoulement” under this protocol, which essentially means that it cannot force a fleeing refugee to return to a place of danger. In early February 2020, the United States transferred 378 Honduran and Salvadoran asylum seekers to Guatemala, the majority of whom were children and women. It is therefore essential for the United States, given its human rights obligations, to reconsider the seriousness of the impact of this agreement on so many displaced persons and to ensure that these refugees are sent to safe countries with the necessary infrastructural assistance. In addition, the United States should consider the impact this agreement will have on its humanitarian commitments under the 1976 UN Refugee Protocol. [160] Upon arrival in Guatemala, 57 ACA transferees applied for asylum with the Guatemalan Air Force (FAG), which does not have the authority to process refugee claims, but only 20 filed “official applications” with the International Office for Migration Relations (ORMI), the agency responsible for processing refugee claims.

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