Working on a pro bono basis, Sidley partnered with JPMorgan Chase to secure asylum in the United States for a Tutsi mother from Burundi and her three children. After years of abuse by high-ranking members of the Hutu-run military, which culminated in abduction and torture, our client escaped the East African nation with her daughter in late 2015.
After fleeing to the U.S., where she reunited with her two sons who were attending college, she applied for asylum with the help of Sidley and JP Morgan Chase. The initial application was denied, as is common, and Sidley appealed to the immigration court. Sidley argued for, and obtained, a merits hearing to be set within two months of our client’s first appearance in immigration court – timing that is unprecedented. After more than two hours on the stand, the judge rendered a decision on the spot – granting both our client and her three children asylum.
The Sidley team included Christopher Gleason, Margaret Allen, Tiffanie Limbrick, Barret Armbruster and Michael Roberts, who worked closely with JP Morgan Chase’s Kimberly McVey to achieve this successful result for the client and her children.