The Matter of Kasinga was a legal case decided in June 1996 involving Fauziya Kassindja, a Togolese teenager seeking asylum in the United States in order to escape a tribal practice of female genital cutting. The Board of Immigration Appeals granted her asylum in June 1996 after an earlier judge denied her claims. The case set a precedent in United States immigration law as applicants could now seek asylum in the United States from gender-based persecution, whereas previously religious or political grounds were often used to grant asylum.
Layli Miller-Muro, the student attorney who represented Kassindja before the immigration judge, subsequently founded the Tahirih Justice Center to provide legal aid and medical referrals to immigrant women escaping from gender-based violence and persecution. Karen Musalo, who spearheaded the litigation leading to the Board's positive decision in the case, founded the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS), a national organization based at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, which works to defend women refugees fleeing gender-based persecution. Fauziya Kassindja is a member of the CGRS Advisory Board.
- Speak Truth to Power - Fauziya Kassindja
- In re Fauziya KASINGA, file A73 476 695, decided June 13, 1996