October 28, 2015
Weil attorneys from the Washington, D.C. office and students from Yale Law School helped reunite an elderly Iraqi widow with her son and his family in the United States after years of separation. The matter was referred by IRAP, the International Refugee Assistance Program (formerly the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Program).
Due to her son’s employment with a company that worked with the U.S. military, our client’s family began receiving anonymous death threats and was forced to flee Iraq for Jordan. After her son and his family were granted asylum in the United States in 2010, our client found herself not only living alone for the first time in her life but also struggling with serious health concerns. More than two years after she applied for expedited resettlement, her case file appeared to be stalled in the bureaucratic void between various refugee agencies. After stepping in, the Weil pro bono team of Megan Wantland and Anish Desai guided law students from Yale through the process of interviewing our client, contacting the necessary individuals within these agencies and successfully advocating for the expedited treatment of our client’s application. Our client has been reunited with her son and his family in Colorado and is doing well.