December 07, 2018
In a case referred to Weil by the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), associates Vaishali Mahna and Pan Vang, supervised by partner Todd Larson and working closely with a team of law students from Yale Law School, helped a transgender Iranian pro bono client obtain relocation to Sweden after she suffered numerous instances of violence, harassment and discrimination from her family, former partner, police and other individuals in her original home of Iran and Turkey.
The client fled Iran to Turkey in 2016 after facing years of abuse, not only from the community, but also her family. The Weil team worked closely and regularly with the client to navigate the complicated and difficult resettlement process, including “false alarm” reassignment to countries other than Sweden, and long periods of silence from U.N. officials. Weil also worked closely with IRAP personnel to provide updates to the client, explain the many complications of the resettlement process, and direct her to resources to assist with her financial, medical and housing instability. Once she was assigned Sweden, the Weil team prepared her for her resettlement interview and provided background on the Swedish resettlement process.
Our client has expressed deep gratitude at being resettled in Sweden, where she can live openly as a woman and build a life free from the fear and persecution that she faced in Iran and the discrimination she faced in Turkey.
IRAP is a legal advocacy organization for refugees and displaced people in need of a safe place to call home. IRAP works with clients to identify and navigate pathways to safety through free direct legal representation, systemic advocacy, and litigation.