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Bisexual Man Facing Certain Torture and Likely Death Saved from Return to Senegal

27 January 2016
Mayer Brown Article

A bisexual man will not have to return to his home country of Senegal thanks to the efforts of a team from Mayer Brown who secured deferral of removal under the UN Convention Against Torture. Mr. R immigrated to the United States in the early 1980's and obtained legal permanent residency. During his last visit to Senegal in the mid-1980s, Mr. R was severely beaten by the Senegalese police because of his sexual orientation. He never again returned to his native county. Due to a recent criminal conviction, the Department of Homeland Security commenced removal proceedings to send Mr. R back to Senegal where he would be persecuted, tortured and possibly killed because of his orientation.

Mayer Brown was asked to represent Mr. R just two months before his removal hearing. The team located and interviewed key fact witnesses, retained a country conditions expert and provided the immigration court a substantial pre-hearing submission that contained an in-depth examination of the Senegalese country conditions toward bisexual men.

In an unusually lengthy and detailed opinion, the immigration court found that it was more likely than not that Mr. R would be tortured by the Senegalese government if he were returned to Senegal. The court relied heavily on Mayer Brown's pre-hearing statement and expert declaration, and supplemented those conclusions with fact and expert witness testimony from the hearing. The Mayer Brown team included associate Michael Lindinger and staff attorney Clarence Long, supervised by partner Marcus Christian.

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