Cases & Deals

Indian domestic violence survivor obtains asylum

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Nandini Iyer and Amanda Schapel, Jones Day San Francisco, successfully represented a pro bono client in her affirmative application for asylum. The client, a twice-divorced woman, is a refugee from India, where she was repeatedly physically and psychologically abused at the hands of her ex-husbands and other members in her community. Although domestic violence claims do not clearly qualify as grounds for asylum, Jones Day successfully argued that the level and type of abuse the client suffered qualified her for affirmative asylum based on her membership within a particular social group. No longer afraid that she will be forced to return to India and face persecution, the client now plans to pursue further education and to help other women who, like her, have survived domestic violence.