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Honor Crimes

What is it?

Honor crimes are acts of violence, including murder, predominantly committed by male family members against female family members who are perceived to have brought dishonor on their families.

What’s the impact?

Honor crimes deprive women and girls around the world of their basic human rights, and extreme cases end in death. Worldwide, an estimated 5,000 women and girls are murdered every year in honor killings. Honor crimes have occurred in the United States, and are a growing concern.

What protections are available?

Individuals who have suffered or fear that they will suffer an honor crime in their home country may be eligible for asylum. Learn more about what we’re doing to address this issue.