Cases & Deals

Togolese client wins U.S. political asylum

Clients Togo applicant for U.S. political asylum

Jones Day successfully assisted "K," a refugee from Togo in obtaining asylum. Our client has been active in Togolese political organizations that protested the activities of the government of Gnassingbe Eyadema, who was in power in Togo for thirty-eight years until his recent death. Specifically, he was a member of the LTDH (Togolese League for Human Rights) and the youth coordinator for the UFC (the Union of Forces for Change) and well known in Togo for his anti-Eyadame position. On two occasions in 2000 and 2003, "K" was kidnapped and tortured and told that he would be killed if he continued to engage in such protests. Ultimately, he fled Togo and sought asylum in the United States. Preliminary briefing was submitted to an Immigration Judge, sitting in Chicago, and serving within the United States Department of Justices' Office for Immigration Review. The Judge held a one-day hearing, at which Chicago Office associate Brian Murray examined the client, making our record and responding to the Immigration Judge’s questions concerning his application. The judge commended the Jones Day team of Murray and associate Jennifer Russano for presenting an "extensive record that was well-documented." The judge granted "K" political asylum at the hearing, and the Government waived appeal.

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