Can I Get A Witness? A Case for Asylum for Prosecutorial Witnesses Who Testify Against Gangs and Other Gang-Related Claims

Consider the following: Orlando lives in El Salvador in the town of Sonsonate, where the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang exercises a powerful presence. As Orlando approaches his uncle’s house, he hears gunshots and observes four MS-13 gang members fleeing the scene. Thereafter, Orlando learns that the MS-13 gang has fatally shot his cousin. He cooperates with local police by describing the suspects, corroborating his uncle’s description. When police apprehend two of the suspects, Orlando and his uncle agree to testify in their criminal prosecution.

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