Cases & Deals

Albanian human rights activist granted U.S. asylum

Clients Albanian applicant for U.S. asylum

In August 2002, Client E fled his native Serbia after repeated detention by Serb authorities for his political activities and an attempt on his life by corrupt political leaders he threatened to expose. He arrived in Chicago and applied for asylum. Following rejection of his application by an asylum officer, Jones Day agreed to represent Client E on a pro bono basis before the immigration judge assigned to his case.

From a young age, Client E actively sought to bring about human rights and political reforms on behalf of the ethnic Albanian population of Serbia. Because of this conduct and because of his ethnicity, Client E was repeatedly detained, jailed, and tortured by Serb authorities. Additionally, after exposing corruption between Albanians in his own political party and the Serbs, leaders of that party also attempted to kill Client E in order to silence him.

The Jones Day team prepared and filed a trial brief on Client E's behalf on November 23, 2005. The team also identified and prepared an affidavit and testimony by an expert on country conditions in Southern Serbia. Following Client E's testimony and cross-examination by the assistant Chief Council for the Department of Homeland Security, the immigration judge immediately granted Client E's application for asylum in an oral opinion and the government waived its right to appeal the matter.

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