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HIV-Positive Jamaican Man Wins Asylum

Paul, Weiss obtained asylum for an HIV-positive gay man from Jamaica who sought asylum in the U.S. after facing persecution because of his sexual orientation. Throughout his childhood and adult life, he suffered verbal and physical abuse by members of his community and received multiple death threats, including shortly before he left Jamaica for the last time. He applied for asylum in April 2014, and on December 13, his case was presented to an asylum officer in New Jersey. His request for asylum was granted on December 28.

This matter was referred to Paul, Weiss by Immigration Equality, an LGBTQ immigrant rights organization that provides free legal services and policy advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants.

The Paul, Weiss team included litigation associates Jeffrey Bae, Julia Maddera and Benjamin Weintraub. Litigation partner Roberto Finzi supervised this matter.

December 28, 2016

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