After suffering 10 years of violent abuse at the hands of her husband, Rody Alvarado fled her native Guatemala in 1995 and applied for asylum in the U.S. It took a 14-year battle with federal officials over whether domestic violence qualifies for refugee status for Alvarado’s application to be granted, in 2009.

After suffering 10 years of violent abuse at the hands of her husband, Rody Alvarado fled her native Guatemala in 1995 and applied for asylum in the U.S. It took a 14-year battle with federal officials over whether domestic violence qualifies for refugee status for Alvarado’s application to be granted, in 2009.