Protection under the Convention Against Torture

Protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) prohibits the United States government from removing an individual to a country where it is more likely than not that he or she would be tortured. The harm that the applicant fears must meet the definition of “torture,” under the CAT. The torture, however, does not have to be on the basis of the five protected grounds. CAT, like withholding, has limited benefits. Individuals granted CAT protection may be removed to a safe third country.