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Won asylum for a pro bono client, a former Iraqi Ministry of Health official who received death threats after refusing to aid and cover up the torture of civilians and after testifying against high-ranking military leaders.

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Represented pro bono in a political asylum case a former official with Iraq's Ministry of Health who resisted orders from members of the Mahdi Army, a radical Shiite faction, to aid and cover up the torture and murder of Sunni civilians. At the request of U.S. officials, our client testified against high-ranking Mahdi Army leaders whom Iraqi prosecutors were seeking to bring to trial. After testifying, he received further death threats when Iraqi media identified him as a witness. U.S. military officials supported transferring our client and his family to the United States; however, the family could not be granted asylum unless they could prove that they possessed a well-founded fear of further persecution in Iraq. We successfully presented his case.
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Experience - Won asylum for a pro bono client, a former Iraqi Ministry of Health official who received death threats after refusing to aid and cover up the torture of civilians and after testifying against high-ranking military leaders.
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