A woman suffering severe domestic violence at the hands of her husband fled Uganda and sought asylum in the U.S. With HIRC’s Albert M. Sacks Clinical Teaching and Advocacy Fellow Emily Leung and HIRC students Mevlude Akay (LLM ‘14) and Katie McCarthy (JD ‘15) arguing her case in the Boston Immigration Court, this client was granted asylum in October 2013.
In four and a half years of marriage in her native Uganda, Mary* was regularly abused by her spouse, who was a powerful intelligence officer in the Ugandan military. After suffering years of escalating abuse, Mary realized her life was in danger and escaped with only a few personal items. After reaching the U.S. and settling in Massachusetts, she filed her case in 2010 with the Asylum Office, represented by HIRC. Her case was later referred to the Boston Immigration Court and in October 2013, Emily, Mevlude, Katie, and Mary presented the case in Immigration Court.
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