September 16, 2015
A pro bono team in Weil’s Boston office recently secured asylum in the United States for a Ugandan woman who fled the country in 2011 after being brutally attacked by Ugandan government forces. The matter was referred to Weil by the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project.
Our client and her family were targeted by the government because of her husband’s active involvement in one of the political opposition parties in Uganda, the FDC, which promoted democratic change and an end to corruption in the country. After being attacked in her home in front of her children, our client fled the country under the guise of attending a conference in the United States, while her husband remained in hiding.
Weil took on the asylum case toward the end of 2011, drafting our client’s affidavit and submitting her asylum application to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) in May 2012. A few months later, the body of our client’s husband, which showed signs of torture, was found outside their home. After submitting her application, our client waited three years before being granted an asylum interview with the USCIS. In that time, she obtained a work authorization card and found employment as a home aide and in a hospice care facility. Weil helped her prepare for the interview and also drafted a letter brief and readied supporting documents for the asylum application. Weil was notified in August that the USCIS had granted asylum to our client.
Weil attorneys are now helping her apply for derivative asylum status for her 6-year-old and 8-year-old sons, whom she has not seen since fleeing Uganda in 2011.