The New York Times

that domestic violence victims will be able to apply for asylum in the US, possibly opening a "floodgate of asylum petitions from battered women across the globe":

In addition to meeting the existing strict conditions for being granted asylum, abused women need to show a judge that women are viewed as subordinate by their abuser, according to a court filing by the administration, and must also show that domestic abuse is widely tolerated in their country.

Women subordinate?

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Domestic abuse widely tolerated?

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Unfortunately, since only foreigners can be granted asylum, most of the 1,861 clients* of Santa Fe's

will not be eligible.

*

According to Esperanza's 2007-2008 annual report

.