DENVER – Muhaisen & Muhaisen, LLC Partner Jay Muhaisen has just won yet another Asylum trial! Congratulations to our beloved client Obang Oman Agwa, who has persevered through incarceration, torture, flight from his native land, and his family living in a refugee camp, due to his speaking out against government abuse and atrocities in his homeland, the Gambella region of Africa.
Obang is an amazing person who obtained a scholarship to pursue his PhD in the Czech Republic, but was pressured to represent the government that he opposed. In 2008 he was in the U.S. as part of a delegation against his will and defected.
In the United States, Asylum has two basic requirements. First, asylum applicants must establish that they fear persecution from the government in their home country. Second, applicants must prove that they would be persecuted on account of at least one of five protected grounds: race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or particular social group. The government in Obang’s homeland committed massacres, murdered his friends and relatives, seized his ancestral home and property, then jailed him for speaking out.
The legal path is wrought with difficulty and in many cases, such as Obang’s case, USCIS denied the application. The U.S. Government put Obang in removal/deportation proceedings and so he turned to Muhaisen Law for help.
After taking the matter to court and years of protracted process, Jay Muhaisen and Obang Agwa prevailed at trial and the Court GRANTED his asylum petition.
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