Ropes & Gray helped the client file his application for asylum and prepare for his interview with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In preparation for his asylum interview, the team drafted a declaration for the client, a legal brief in support of his application, and a country conditions report detailing the persecution of homosexuals in El Salvador. On March 30, 2011, the client’s application for asylum was approved. The case was challenging because immigration courts deny asylum to more than 90% of applicants from El Salvador.
The Ropes & Gray litigation team was led by Washington, D.C.-based partner Colleen Conry.
Ropes & Gray and its lawyers take seriously their commitment to public service. In 2010, the firm’s attorneys devoted more than 84,000 hours to pro bono clients, ranging from transactional work for nonprofits to cases for individuals referred by not-for-profit legal service providers. In recent months, Ropes & Gray attorneys have assisted political refugees from Rwanda, Cameroon, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a bisexual, married HIV-positive man from Ghana with immigration and asylum issues.
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