April 21, 2010 – Citizen of Togo receives asylum based on persecution on account of his political opinion

Facts: A citizen of Togo came to the United States with nothing more than the shirt on his back. He had no visa and no passport. When he arrived at Dulles Airport, he claimed asylum, but immigration authorities arrested him. He spent three months in jail before his case was referred to the firm.

The firm’s representation: The firm took our client’s case and immediately filed for humanitarian parole from incarceration. Three months later, our client was released from ICE incarceration. The firm then started to build a case for asylum. The country of Togo is not always tolerant of political dissent. Later, the firm obtained a work permit for our client.

Case status: On April 21, 2010, our client was granted asylum.