Aaron Morris (center) with representatives from Skadden LLP, including Steven J. Kolleeny (right).
Great news! In July, we sued the U.S. government to demand access to justice for 63 clients. Last week, the government agreed to a settlement. As you may know, asylum seekers across the United States experience intolerable delays in the processing of their claims. Some Immigration Equality clients have waited almost 3 years just to meet with an asylum officer. Frustrated with the ineffective system, we sued. Now, all 63 plaintiffs will have a chance to live safely in the United States.
Last week alone, 21 of these clients were informed that they were eligible for asylum! The plaintiffs in our lawsuit came from five different continents and 32 countries. Their geographic diversity demonstrates just how unsafe so much of the world is for our community. All LGBT people fleeing persecution deserve a safe place to call home.
Immigration Equality would especially like to thank our lead counsel on the lawsuit, Steven J. Kolleeny of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom LLP, who passed away in September of 2014. This victory is a testament to his 25 years of service on behalf of individuals seeking asylum. His leadership was essential and our community will be forever indebted to him.
We celebrate this victory with all of you and thank you for your continued support.
Legal Director, Immigration Equality