Jenner & Block

Jenner & Block Wins Political Asylum for Guinean Client

On October 20, 2008, Jenner & Block Associate Brian J. Fischer secured asylum for a Guinean man who had been wrongfully imprisoned and tortured because of his political affiliation and ethnicity.

Mr. Fischer began his representation a year ago when the client came before an Asylum Officer who, after an arduous hearing, denied his application with little explanation.

The client was referred by the Asylum Office to Immigration Court for removal proceedings. Represented by Mr. Fischer at his removal hearing, the client gave terrifying testimony about his arrest at a student protest and experience at a notorious prison in Conakry known for its inhumane conditions and abusive guards.

Finding that the client’s testimony was “completely credible” and consistent with well-documented abuses that continue to be carried out by the Guinean government, the Immigration Law Judge granted the client asylum.

Partner Katya Jestin served as supervising attorney on this pro bono case. Partners Mike F. Buchanan and Alex Lipman also assisted in the matter.