Hogan Lovells Honored by Immigration Equality for Pro Bono Work

WASHINGTON, D.C., 22 May 2015 – Hogan Lovells is proud to announce that yesterday it received the Safe Haven Award from Immigration Equality for its pro bono work on behalf of those seeking safety from persecution on account of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.
The award was given at this year's Safe Haven Awards gala at the New York Historical Society.

In 2014, lawyers from the firm's New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Miami, and Los Angeles offices provided more than 2,000 pro bono hours to asylum and U.N. Convention Against Torture matters referred by Immigration Equality. Hogan Lovells lawyers assisted more than a dozen lesbian, gay, and transgender asylum clients fleeing from persecution in Jamaica, Macedonia, Belarus, Peru, Cameroon, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Mauritania, Azerbaijan, and India.

Among the cases we handled through Immigration Equality was a landmark asylum victory for a gay married couple fleeing persecution in Macedonia. The couple received asylum in one of the first cases of its kind following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Windsor v. United States.  Prior to the Windsor decision, derivative asylee status was only available to heterosexual spouses. The January 2015 grant of asylum for both men is a groundbreaking victory for gay married couples.

In addition to these individual representation matters, teams of attorneys drafted amicus curiae briefs on behalf of Immigration Equality in two Board of Immigration Appeals cases in support of gay Jamaican immigrants who had been denied relief under the Convention Against Torture.

More information about Immigration Equality and the Safe Have Awards can be found here.

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