Cases & Deals

Asylum granted for Burkina Faso woman

Clients Burkina Faso applicant for asylum

A Jones Day Chicago team obtained asylum for a Burkina Faso woman in her mid-20s who in her homeland had been subjected to rape and beatings and threatened with female genital mutilation and forced marriage to a 70-year-old man. Jones Day took on the case after an immigration judge denied the client asylum. Jones Day appealed, filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus in the district court, and moved to reopen the appeal before the Board of Immigration Appeals. The Board granted the motion to reopen, and the case was remanded to an immigration judge for further hearing. On May 27, 2008, the immigration judge granted asylum.