15 July 2014
Mayer Brown secured asylum for an Egyptian mother and her daughter who were being persecuted in Egypt for being female members of a devout Coptic Christian family. They had effectively become prisoners in their own home after Muslim extremists threatened to disfigure them with acid if they refused to wear hijabs. They were also sexually harassed and physically attacked in public many times.
They managed to escape to the United States where Mayer Brown lawyers prepared an extensive submission to immigration authorities that successfully demonstrated that both women were persecuted in Egypt and had a well-founded fear of continued persecution if forced to return. The team included associate Melissa Francis, supervised by senior counsel Philip Allen Lacovara, and lawyers from another international law firm.