Mayer Brown’s pro bono efforts help bring Iraqi mother and child to safety
24 July 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that its pro bono work with The List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies has contributed to the successful resettling of an Iraqi woman and her child in the United States. The woman is the widow of “Omar,” a man who was killed due to his work for the US military in Iraq. Before he was murdered, Omar made repeated requests to US government entities for assistance in quickly processing his application for refugee resettlement because he feared for his safety and that of his family.
Kirk Johnson, founder of The List Project, said, “We are happy to report that his [Omar’s] widow and young son have arrived in America. This is the result of an extraordinary effort on the part of the committed attorneys at our partnering firm, Mayer Brown LLP. We continue to work to bring his extended family (who are also at risk), as well as hundreds of others currently on the list, to safety.”
The List Project is a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that the US has a clear and urgent moral obligation to resettle to safety Iraqis who are imperiled due to their association with the US military and reconstruction effort in Iraq. Through partnerships with Mayer Brown and several other law firms, The List Project works to resettle Iraqis who have worked as interpreters, engineers, translators and administrators with the US government and contractors in Iraq. The project is the largest single pro bono initiative ever undertaken on behalf of refugees.
As a founding law firm partner, Mayer Brown is committed to the continued success of The List Project. “Since 2008, more than 100 Mayer Brown lawyers in 9 offices have donated nearly 9,000 hours to help bring more than 300 Iraqi refugees to safety,” said Marcia Tavares Maack, Mayer Brown’s Assistant Director of Pro Bono Activities. “The firm is proud to support such an important cause.”
The Mayer Brown team that represented Omar’s family included Banking & Finance counsel Ginny Melvin (New York) and associate John Benton (Washington DC), with assistance from Ms. Maack.