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A team of Jenner & Block attorneys secured withholding of removal for a Pakistani woman. The client separated from and divorced her husband while visiting the United States. She was severely abused by her ex-husband and his sister during their marriage. Her ex-husband has connections with the police department so she could not turn to the Pakistani government for protection from her ex-husband.
The Firm’s client filed an application for asylum and withholding of removal on the ground that she had suffered past persecution and has a reasonable fear of future persecution on account of her membership in a social group of Pakistani divorced women who do not have male protection from an abusive ex-spouse.
The Immigration Judge accepted this argument and found that Jenner & Block’s client had suffered past persecution and has a reasonable fear of persecution on account of her membership in that social group if she returns to Pakistan and granted withholding of removal.
Jenner & Block Partner Kenyanna M. Scott and Associate Emily M. Frank conducted the hearing under the supervision of Partner Charlotte L. Wager. Ms. Frank, along with Associate Shehla F. Syed, worked on the brief filed with the immigration court and Ms. Syed also contributed to the preparation for the hearing.