Cases & Deals

Asylum granted for Rwandan citizen

Clients Client D

Jones Day Washington's Leigh C. Kobrinski, Michelle T. Zakharov, and Veronica R. Percia represented Client D, a Rwandan citizen who sought asylum in the United States after being arrested, detained, and tortured for two months based on his affiliation with certain senior military officers whom the Rwandan government has accused of being opposed to the current regime. In advance of the immigration hearing, Jones Day presented extensive briefing on the legal issues, an expert country conditions report with voluminous supportive articles and materials, and an expert medical evaluation report. During the immigration hearing, Jones Day presented testimony from Client D as well as testimony from the medical expert. At a later disposition hearing on April 26, 2013, the judge issued a bench opinion granting asylum. The order found that Client D convincingly established past persecution and a well-founded fear of persecution on the basis of imputed political opinion. The Department of Homeland Security has declined to appeal this decision. Jones Day will now assist Client D in applying for asylum for his wife and children, who are still in Rwanda, so the family can be reunited. The case was referred by the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.