A team of attorneys from Loeb & Loeb LLP secured a significant pro bono victory in an asylum case on behalf of a domestic violence survivor who, at age 55, fled her home country of Peru and sought refuge in the United States after decades of physical, verbal and psychological abuse and multiple threats on her life by her ex-partner.
Advancing an unconventional asylum theory, Loeb & Loeb’s team successfully argued that our client was persecuted on account of her membership in the social group “Peruvian women who are unable to leave a domestic relationship,” and that the Peruvian government was unwilling or unable to protect her from persecution due to lax enforcement of local domestic violence laws and a cultural acceptance of gender violence.
Although, prior to Loeb & Loeb’s involvement, our client had filed her application for asylum after the statutory one-year filing deadline, our attorneys successfully argued that she demonstrated extraordinary circumstances that excused her late filing, based on both her prior attorney’s ineffective assistance and the symptoms of her post-traumatic stress disorder.
Crediting Loeb & Loeb’s written submissions and pre-hearing advocacy, the Immigration Judge granted asylum.
Loeb & Loeb’s pro bono team was led by attorneys Frank D’Angelo and Lindsay Feuer, with valuable assistance from many other Loeb attorneys and staff.
Loeb & Loeb has represented asylum seekers from countries around the globe, including Cameroon, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Mexico, El Salvador and Kenya, among other nations, who were fleeing persecution. The firm’s pro bono work has resulted in several significant victories before the immigration courts and helped numerous individuals avoid deportation and the threat of violence or death in their native countries.