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We successfully obtained a pro bono asylum victory for a Nigerian man who feared persecution over his sexual orientation if he returned to his country.

In over 80 countries around the world it's fundamentally unsafe for individuals to be LGBTQ. And those seeking asylum from this persecution often face an uphill battle.

Our client entered the United States as a tourist in December 2013. During his visit, homosexuality was essentially outlawed in his home country, so he sought asylum in the United States with assistance from the Center for Integration and Courageous Living and Immigration Equality.

We filed the man's Application for Asylum with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, asserting prior persecution based on sexual orientation while living in Nigeria and a well-founded fear of future persecution if he returned there. While his application was pending, we assisted in obtaining and maintaining his Employment Authorization and helped him locate resources for new immigrants and refugees in the area he was living. After nearly three years of waiting, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services granted our client's asylum request, and he will be eligible to apply for permanent residence in one year.

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