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A Story of Courage: Asylum for Teacher and Congolese Immigrant Jean B.

Client Jean B., a high school history and geography teacher in the Republic of Congo, was part of the leadership of a teacher’s union in the country.  Known for its long history of grievances between the teachers and Congolese government, Mr. B. and several union teachers went on strike in 2013 in an effort to create change.  “We were living in a country where teachers were paid poorly and teaching in miserable conditions,” said Mr. B.

After several interrogations, beatings and threats to his life from the Congolese government, Mr. B. fled to the United states.  The National Immigrant Justice Center then referred his asylum case to a team including Jenner & Block Partner Wade A. Thomson and Senior Counsel at McDonald’s Corporation Pauline Levy for pro bono legal services.

Learn more about Mr. B’s courageous story in the video below and in our 2018 Heart of the Matter Pro Bono Report.

Pro Bono Stories: Jean B. from Jenner & Block LLP on Vimeo.

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