A woman who suffered genital mutilation in Côte d’Ivoire may argue for asylum in the United States in spite of the fact she made return trips to her native country, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said an immigration judge erred in finding that the repeated trips Nan Marie Kone made to the west African nation undermined her credibility and showed she did not really fear further persecution.

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