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Pro Bono Efforts Help Ethiopian Refugee Win Asylum in U.S.

July 12, 2012

On June 8, 2012, a United States Immigration Court judge in Philadelphia granted our client's application for asylum, bringing his pro bono case to a happy resolution.

The young man fled persecution in his native Ethiopia. He was running from a life of imprisonment, beatings and terror because he and members of his family opposed the government and ruling party. The young man's father and one of his brothers were killed by the authorities, and another brother was imprisoned for life for his anti-government activities. Knowing he needed to get out, the young man, along with another brother who had been jailed, managed to escape from prison and the two fled the country together.

The two brothers flew from Ethiopia to Cairo, Madrid, and Havana before arriving in Quito, Ecuador. But it didn’t end there. From Quito, the two paid human “mules” to smuggle them through South America and into Mexico. From Mexico, they made their way to the Mexico/Texas border where, after a journey of many months, they crossed into the United States and requested asylum.

David Creagan, a partner in our Commercial Litigation group, represented the young man on a pro bono basis.

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