Chinese spiritual leader seeks U.S. political asylum
Clients Republic of China applicant for U.S. political asylum
Jones Day represented Client L, a Falun Gong practitioner. Falun Gong is a spiritual movement viewed by the government of the Republic of China as an "evil cult that is anti-government" (in the words of the immigration judge who granted the client asylum). Since 1999, the persecution by the Chinese government of Falun Gong practitioners has become well-known. Our client did not become a practitioner until after he came to the U.S. and didn't file his application for asylum until five years after he entered the U.S. As a result, Client L did not meet the one year deadline (after entry into the U.S.) for filing asylum applications. Under well-crafted direct examination by Brent Knight, our client explained that he did not become aware of the persecution by Chinese authorities of Falun Gong practitioners until less than one year before he applied for asylum. Victor Arana established, through a corroborating witness, that our client did not appreciate the need to file for asylum until shortly before he applied.