Fried Frank won a grant of asylum for pro bono client Mr. A after he fled attacks by government operatives in Libya for his reporting on the human rights situation there. In the wake of the Arab Spring, Mr. A with others started a pro-democracy TV and radio broadcast company, and Mr. A was one of its first on-air journalists. He interviewed UN special envoys and representatives from NGOs working on pro-democracy reforms on satellite TV, becoming a recognized TV personality. As the effort to democratize Libya spun into chaos, Mr. A's broadcast station was bombed by armed militia, and several of his colleagues were killed. He went into hiding as armed men looked for him in Tripoli, and eventually fled the country. Mr. A was interviewed by US Citizenship and Immigration Services last year but his case was delayed during extensive background checks and vetting. Following his grant of asylum, Mr. A can now continue his new life in the US, where he works as an interpreter and continues to follow and publicize human rights atrocities in Libya.
The Fried Frank team included litigation special counsel Jennifer L. Colyer, corporate associates Zahra Fatima and Javad Husain, and pro bono coordinator Stella Drevina. The case was referred by Human Rights First.