I am spending one week volunteering with mothers and children who are being held in an immigration detention center while they seek asylum.  Today was my first day on the ground in Dilley, Texas.  I met with several mothers who are at different stages of their proceedings.  I found myself remarkably frustrated at how poorly gender-based asylum claims have progressed.  While the law recognizes domestic violence claims, threats of sexual assault from non-relatives, absent other factors, are often insufficient to make out an asylum claim.  Women seeking such horrifying harm should qualify for protection under our asylum laws.