February 20, 2019
Weil, along with a team of law students from the USC Gould School of Law, succeeded in securing asylum for a Syrian man with hemophilia living in Turkey. The matter was referred to Weil in February 2018 by the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), which organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons.
Our client was diagnosed with hemophilia when he was 3 months old. He had been living in Turkey since fleeing Syria in June 2014 to escape the Syrian civil war and to seek treatment for his hemophilia, which he was no longer able to receive in his home country. His condition worsened over the past several years due to the inadequate medical care he received in Turkey, and doctors finally determined that the only intervention that could provide him with relief would be surgery. However, because of the complicated nature of his medical condition, doctors were unable to operate on him in Turkey.
After almost a year of applying for resettlement, our client was approved for asylum in Canada, where he will be reunited with his sister already living in the country. There, our client will be able to seek the surgery he needs to regain his ability to walk, and he can continue to receive medical treatment to mitigate the symptoms of his condition.