Youth, Gangs, and Corruption in Honduras: Social Persecution as Grounds for Asylum in the United States

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Kelly Campbell


Campbell reconstructs the case of a Honduran youth as he pursues political asylum in the United States, showing his journey from the time of his adolescence to the judgment rendered at his final court appearance in Boston, Massachusetts. This case is significant because, at the time, there were no legal precedents for granting asylum on the basis of social, rather than political, persecution.

Campbell reconstruye el caso de un joven hondureño que pedía asilo político en los EEUU, mostrando su viaje a partir de su adolescencia hasta el juicio dado en su último aspecto tribunal en Boston, Massachusetts. Este caso es importante porque no habían ningunos precedentes legales para albergar asilo basado en la persecución social en vez de política.

Campbell reconstrua um caso de um jovem de Honduras que procurava asilo político dentro dos Estados Unidos. Ela revela a viagem do jovem desde sua adolescência até a decisão dado em sua última aparência na corte em Boston, Massachusetts. Este caso é importante porque no então não havia precedentes legais para albergar asilo baseado posecução social em vez de política.

Campbell reconstitue un cas d’un jeune homme de Honduras qui demande d’asile politique aux Etats-Unis. Elle dévoile son parcours depuis son adolescence jusqu’au jugement final rendu devant la cour à Boston, Massachusetts. Ce cas a une grande portée car dans ses temps n’avait pas de précédents légales pour accorder d’asile basé sur la persécution sociale et pas sur la persécution politique.

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Campbell, K. (2004). Youth, Gangs, and Corruption in Honduras: Social Persecution as Grounds for Asylum in the United States. AmeriQuests, 1(1).
Author Biography

Kelly Campbell, Clark University

Kelly Campbell, born and raised in New Jersey, confirmed her desire to pursue an internationally based education as a result of her experiences as a high school student volunteer in Honduras, Central America. As an undergraduate, Kelly focused on Spanish and geography, and was able to enhance her education as a year long student and intern in Madrid, Spain. In 2002, Kelly graduated from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, with a B.A. in Spanish and in late 2003 completed the M.A. in International Development and Social Change from the same institution. In 2004 Kelly enjoyed an intensive course of language and cultural study in Rome, Italy. She is now eager to pursue her interest in the immigration field as she embarks on her career as an adjudication officer with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.