Asylum Application Granted
5 January 2007
Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP
5 January 2007 - The Arlington Asylum Office has granted the asylum application of our client, an Ethiopian national, who was represented pro bono by Washington, D.C. associates Heidi Steiber and Gabrielle Butcher, and summer associate Alicia Kinsey.
Our client was targeted by the Ethiopian government on the basis of her membership in the country's main opposition party, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy. She fled Ethiopia in September of 2005 after having been detained, beaten, tortured and raped by members of the police and government security forces. Our client's compelling testimony, coupled with letter and documentary evidence, established a well-founded fear of future persecution by the Ethiopian government Her asylum application will be formally approved once she has passed a background check.