9 June 2011
On March 10, 2011, a New York immigration judge granted asylum to three of our clients, a mother, a father and their 14-year-old son from Ecuador. The family, who have been HIV positive for more than 13 years, were granted asylum on the basis of the persecution they suffered in their home country because of their HIV-positive status, including their inability to secure a steady supply of retroviral drugs for their son.
Earlier this year, on February 14, 2011, the United States Customs and Immigration Service office in New Jersey granted asylum to a 23-year-old Iraqi who had fled his home country after being persecuted on account of his brother’s work for the US forces in Iraq. Our client, who was kidnapped and internally displaced along with his entire family, was repeatedly targeted by militias who accused him of supporting the US involvement in Iraq. The Department of Defense estimates that it has employed more than 36,000 Iraqis, and many US-affiliated Iraqis have been targeted because of their work for the US government.
In both cases, the Mayer Brown team representing these clients consisted of Tiasha Palikovic and former associate Christine Hernandez, who were supervised by Matthew Ingber. The cases were referred to the firm by Human Rights First, an organization that seeks to safeguard the rights of refugees through direct legal services and advocacy.