The Ropes & Gray team filed an expedited defensive asylum application and prepared her for testimony before an immigration judge. The team submitted a 200-page brief outlining the case, but as the article notes, a rare thing happened just hours before the hearing began — the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s trial attorney said she would not oppose granting the woman asylum.
At the merits hearing, the immigration judge found that the woman had suffered persecution in Mali, continues to suffer from ongoing effects of the persecution, and could not safely return to Mali, therefore granting the woman asylum. The United States waived its right to appeal.
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