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Not defined in the INA – look to case law

Poverty, victim of crime, bad luck not enough

Behavior that “threatens death, imprisonment, or the infliction of substantial harm or suffering.”  

- Sayaxing v. INS, 179 F.S3d 515, 519 (7th Cir. 1999).  

“Hallmarks” of persecution are:

- detention, arrest, interrogation, prosecution, imprisonment,

- illegal searches, confiscation of property, surveillance, beatings, or torture

Mitev v. INS, 67 F.3d 1325, 1330 (7th Cir. 1995)

“Persecution”

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