This paper argues that the: language and intent of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act; current country conditions in United Republic of Tanzania; international treaties; and recent developments in case law defining the scope and coverage of the “particular social group” category, all support the right of Persons with Albinism (PWAs) to seek asylum because of the persecution they have suffered or fear on account of their disability. It should be noted, that to date, there are no reported cases of PWAs seeking asylum in the U.S. Although research has not revealed why PWAs have not yet sought asylum in the U.S., it may be speculated that PWAs are unaware of the asylum process, that they lack the resources to leave Tanzania, or that they are uncertain about leaving their families and familiar surroundings. Nonetheless, this paper provides a framework for fulfilling the necessary requirements in applying for asylum should PWAs choose to seek it.
Stacy Larson, Magic, Mutilation, and Murder: A Case for Granting Asylum to Tanzanian Nationals with Albinism, Pace Int’l L. Rev. Online Companion, Mar. 2011, at 1.