May 25, 2006

Jenner & Block secured asylum on May 15 for a pro bono client who had been persecuted for her political activities in her native country of Togo.

The Firm’s client began working for an opposition political party after her sister was murdered by government soldiers.  In 2003, soldiers severely beat the Firm’s client with belts and batons for distributing pamphlets in a marketplace.  In early 2004, the client was arrested while attending a meeting to plan a peaceful protest against the Togolese president.  She was held in a prison where she was tortured and raped.  Following her release, she went into hiding.  She fled to the United States after soldiers went to her house looking for her.

The Firm’s client now hopes to be reunited with her three children, who were able to escape to Ghana with the client's parents.

Associate Shahid U. Haque represented the client before the Chicago Immigration Court.  Jenner & Block Partner Lawrence S. Schaner served as supervising attorney on this pro bono matter.