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Asylum Won Before Judge with a 92.4% Denial Rate

Published: Dec 20, 2007 By: Matthew L. Kolken Source: My Source
We just won an asylum application on behalf of our client a 46-year-old native and citizen of Zambia, who escaped persecution in her home country, which took the form of repeated anonymous threats of death, arbitrary detention, and torture as a form of political intimidation, and punishment because she changed political parties and attempted to lawfully effectuate change of the existing governmental practices. 

The asylum application was intially denied by an Immigration Judge in Buffalo, New York.  We appealed the Judge's denial, and the Board of Immigration Appeals overturned the Immigration Judge's decision and remanded the case back to the Immigration Judge for further proceedings.

After a second individual hearing we argued that our client's detention in Zambia, which consisted of being blindfolded, stripped of her cloths, and repeatedly beaten was directly related to her switching political parties, and her attending a political rally.  The Immigration Judge, after over two and a half years of contested litigation, approved our client's application for asylum.  She will be eligible to apply for her Green Card in one year.  Matthew L. Kolken handled the case.

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