Cases & Deals

LGBT pro bono client from Turkey granted asylum

Clients Client Y

Amanda Schapel and Peter Julian (San Francisco) successfully represented a pro bono client referred to Jones Day by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in his affirmative application for asylum. The client, a young man from Turkey, had been abused by members of his family and community for being gay, and he risked an "honor killing" by his family if he returned to Turkey. Gay men in Turkey face discrimination and violence from members of the community and from the state. On these grounds, Jones Day successfully argued that the client had a well-founded fear of future persecution based on his membership within the particular social group of gay men in Turkey. No longer afraid that he will be forced to return to Turkey and face persecution, the client can now continue his education and continue to live his life openly, and safely, in San Francisco.