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Columbia Law Students Win Asylum For Gay Refugee

January 2nd, 2013 Jasmin Frankel
Suzanne Goldberg. Image via Columbia Law School.

Suzanne Goldberg. Image via Columbia Law School.

It is a joyous time for a gay refugee who fled Honduras with the hope of finding a safe place to live. Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic helped him win asylum in the United States of America. The clinic’s client fled to America three years ago when he and his partner were kidnapped and attacked in Honduras. His partner was murdered. Once in America, Immigration Equality, a national organization focused on immigration rights for LGBT and HIV-positive individuals, suggested the man go to Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic for help. There, four students prepared the case under the supervision of Suzanne B. Goldberg. After several months of grueling research and preparation, the United States Department of Homeland Security granted his asylum and safety from his home country. This grant brings recognition for those who are in danger because of their sexual orientation in Honduras.  “Our client has experienced such extreme persecution in his home country,” said Kimber Hargrove, one of the four students who handled the case. “We hope that now he will be able to live a life without that constant fear hanging over his head.” [Columbia Law School]

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