Fried Frank secured asylum for pro bono client Mr. M after he entered the US on a visa from Algeria and sought asylum protection. Mr. M, who is in his forties, knew his whole life that he was gay, but could not live openly under the laws and culture of Algeria. He married twice to please his mother, but this led to severe depression and a suicide attempt before Mr. M decided that he had to leave to save his life. US Citizenship and Immigration Services interviewed Mr. M last winter, but deep background checks that are now de rigueur for men from Muslim-majority countries delayed his decision until this month. Mr. M can now live in the US openly with his partner.
The Fried Frank team included litigation special counsel Jennifer L. Colyer, litigation law clerk Minjoo Kim, and pro bono coordinator Stella Drevina. The case was referred to Fried Frank by Immigration Equality.