Cases & Deals

Cameroonian traditional chief obtains asylum

Clients Client M

Michael Welch, Jones Day Washington obtained asylum for Cameroonian immigrant Client M, the traditional chief of a rural village in Cameroon. Client M fled to the United States after he was imprisoned and tortured for three separate one-month periods because he refused to aid the ruling party's leaders in rigging an election. He was originally denied asylum, but Jones Day successfully appealed the case to the BIA, and upon remand to the IJ, convinced our client's original trial judge at a one-day trial to reverse the Court's original decision and grant asylum. Jones Day is currently seeking derivative asylum status for Client M's wife and children who remain in hiding in Cameroon.