Mayer Brown received the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition’s 2019 “Detained Adult Champion Award” for the firm’s dedication to representing detained immigrants fleeing persecution.

Mayer Brown is a leader in developing innovative approaches to pro bono work and helping fight against injustice by taking on cases for detained adults facing persecution from Central America, West Africa, Central Asia, and many other parts of the world. The firm, in partnership with CAIR Coalition, brought a major case challenging the decision in Matter of A-B- before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. This was one of the first cases to challenge the government’s attempt to deprive asylum from women who survive gender-based violence.

CAIR Coalition noted, “Mayer Brown has been the ideal appellate pro bono partner for CAIR Coalition. They have been willing to take on the long fight to challenge one of the most difficult decisions under this Administration, Matter of A-B-. Each step of the way, the Mayer Brown team has brought a valuable and impressive level of appellate expertise and insight, ensuring that our advocacy at the circuit court is strategic, thoughtful, and creative.”

CAIR Coalition is an immigrant rights advocacy organization in the Washington DC area. It strives to ensure equal justice for all immigrants at risk of detention and deportation through direct legal representation, know your rights presentations, impact and advocacy work, and the training of attorneys defending immigrants in the immigration and criminal justice arenas.