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  • Honduran woman escapes abuse, awaits asylum decision

    Yessica Alvarado left her abusive ex­boyfriend, with whom she lived and had two children, in 2009 when the beatings became too much to endure. Later, after fleeing to Texas, her new boyfriend was brutally murdered. Currently awaiting the decision on her second appeal for asylum, Yessica fears for her life if the court orders her to return to Honduras.

Yessica Alvarado left her abusive ex­boyfriend, with whom she lived and had two children, in 2009 when the beatings became too much to endure. Later, after fleeing to Texas, her new boyfriend was brutally murdered. Currently awaiting the decision on her second appeal for asylum, Yessica fears for her life if the court orders her to return to Honduras. Brittany Peterson McClatchy
Yessica Alvarado left her abusive ex­boyfriend, with whom she lived and had two children, in 2009 when the beatings became too much to endure. Later, after fleeing to Texas, her new boyfriend was brutally murdered. Currently awaiting the decision on her second appeal for asylum, Yessica fears for her life if the court orders her to return to Honduras. Brittany Peterson McClatchy

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