A Whitehorse woman fighting deportation has won the right to a new immigration hearing.
The woman fled her native Botswana, claiming the state offered her no protection from a violent ex-husband.
The woman has asked not be identified as she fears the ex-husband will harm her family.
She says the man has been stalking her since a brief relationship 12 years ago. When she complained of assault, Botswana authorities fined the man $6.
By 2010, the woman claims the violence had escalated to death threats against her entire family.
With her husband and two children the woman fled to Canada claiming refugee status, but immigration authorities refused to believe her life was in danger.
"It is a bit incredible but in some ways not so incredible, considering what Canada went through not so long ago, 30-40 years ago," said Karen Wenckebach, the woman's lawyer.
A federal court judge has now ordered a new immigration hearing to determine if the woman's claims are credible.