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Pride & Prejudice: Stigmas And Stereotypes Stack The Deck Against LGBT Asylum Seekers

Prior to the passage of the Real I.D. Act, there was a presumption of credibility in favor of asylum applicants and numerous safeguards provided by case law and several federal jurisdictions. As one court has held, “[A]bsent an explicit finding that a specific statement by the petitioner is not credible we are required to accept that her testimony is true.”[63] But the Real I.D. Act stripped away those safeguards....

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