Haynes and Boone Pro Bono Team Wins Asylum for Eritrean Woman


A team of Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers working in conjunction with the Human Rights Initiative recently obtained asylum for a female client, thus preventing her deportation to Eritrea, where she would have faced imminent and significant physical and emotional harm.

As a college student in the country, the client was part of a group of individuals who protested the government’s mistreatment of students, making her a traitor in the eyes of the government. As a result, she faced severe persecution at the hands of the government, including being forced to participate in work camps in extreme heat and to work for an extended period of time for the government without pay. After fleeing Eritrea with the help of her family and arriving in the United States, she applied for asylum shortly thereafter.

The client’s hearing consisted of significant oral argument and cross examination, and the immigration judge, after complimenting the Haynes and Boone team on its preparation in connection with the case, took the case under consideration. After more than a year of awaiting the immigration judge’s decision, both the client and her Haynes and Boone team members were excited to learn that the immigration judge had granted the client asylum in a 26-page decision.

The Haynes and Boone team was led by Associates Charlie Jones, Lisa Normand, and Marcus Perkins, and included Associates Punam Kaji and Lauren Munselle. Dallas Partner Brack Bryant served in a supervisory role to the case.

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