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The United Nations Convention relating to the status of refugees established that individuals with a well-founded fear of persecution or violence have, as a recourse, the ability to petition for political asylum in another country. The outbreak of drug-related violence in Mexico has caused many Mexican Nationals to seek safety outside of their country. Interested applicants must show they are members of a social, political or other group targeted for persecution — a difficult standard to meet. Asylum requests are usually associated with people fleeing civil wars or dictatorships. Mexican applicants generally do not claim to be victims of government persecution. Rather, many argue that Mexican authorities have failed to protect them from the drug cartels, a hard-to-prove variation on the established criteria for asylum. If you or a loved one wishes to seek asylum, contact an immigration attorney in your area.