Cases & Deals

Jamaican immigrant obtains deferral of removal under Convention Against Torture

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Meghan Greenfield of Jones Day Washington was appointed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to represent a Jamaican immigrant in his appeal of the Board of Immigration Appeals' decision denying him relief under the Convention Against Torture.

The immigrant had sought pro se deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture before an Immigration Judge and Board of Immigration Appeals. He asserted that he would likely be tortured if removed to Jamaica based on his sexual orientation. Both the Immigration Judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals denied him relief.

Before the Eleventh Circuit, the immigrant argued that the Board of Immigration Appeals erred in concluding that he would not be tortured if removed to Jamaica. Shortly after the opening brief was filed, the government filed a motion to remand the case conceding that the Board of Immigration Appeals did not adequately consider the immigrant's claims. The Board of Immigration Appeals then sent the case back to the Immigration Judge who granted the immigrant deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture.

Hill v. Holder, Case No. 12-16586 (11th Cir.)

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