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Senior Counsel Dan Toomey successfully prevented the federal government from altering the asylum status of an Iraqi national Featured

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

In September 2018, Senior Counsel Dan Toomey successfully prevented the federal government from altering the asylum status of an Iraqi national. In 2013, Dan represented his client, pro bono, while a partner at his former firm, Duane Morris, and secured asylum status for him because his work as a journalist put him in mortal danger if forced to return to Iraq. Later, in 2017, when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services informed Dan’s client of its Notice of Intent to Revoke his Asylee status, Dan resumed his pro bono representation, filing a lengthy opposition to the Notice of Intent. Ultimately, the USCIS abandoned these efforts, noting in a letter that the evidence presented against Dan’s client “failed to meet the evidentiary standard to terminate [his] asylum status.” In the interim, Dan’s client has graduated with honors from a Washington, DC university, is a second-year scholarship student in a Washington, DC, university graduate school and will obtain his MBA in June of 2018, and has married and is expecting his first child next May.

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