Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, led by shareholder Michael Carlson and associate Isabel Naveira López, prevailed in helping a Venezuelan woman and her family obtain political asylum in the United States. The client was an active member of several political organizations that oppose Venezuela’s current government.

In 2018, after experiencing several years of near-constant threats and harassment for her political activities and associations, including several brutal physical attacks, she escaped to the United States with her daughter. Upon arrival in the United States, she applied for political asylum. The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) referred the case to the firm in 2019.

After a four-year process, which culminated in a three-hour merits hearing before an immigration court judge this week, the client and her family were granted political asylum. The government agreed to waive its appeal. Paralegal Kristine Bompadre assisted Mike Carlson and Isabel Naveira López on the matter.

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