Cases & Deals

Asylum applicant prevails in Board of Immigration Appeals

Clients Client A

Jones Day represented an asylum seeker before the Board of Immigration Appeals, challenging the Immigration Court's denial of asylum. In Eritrea, where our client is from, only specified religious groups are permitted. His Pentecostal church is prohibited. While he and other congregants were praying, security forces burst in, arrested everyone present, and confiscated their bibles. Our client was imprisoned for a year. Fearing that he would be arrested again if he ever exercised his faith openly, he later deserted the Eritrean army and fled to Ethiopia, where he lived as a refugee for a period of years. The Immigration Court however denied the request for asylum, finding that the above circumstances did not rise to the level of political persecution, and further finding that "firm resettlement" in Ethiopia barred any request for asylum. Jones Day was then retained for the appeal. The Board of Immigration Appeals reversed each of the Immigration Court's adverse findings, and remanded for further proceedings.

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