Concluding more than four years of work, Rocio Chavez and Sharly Larios from our New York office successfully represented a Mexican woman seeking asylum in the United States for persecution due to her transgender identity. 

Our client fled her home in Mexico after suffering years of abuse and violence at the hands of her domestic partner and facing discrimination from the authorities who refused to protect her when she filed charges against him. The team prepared the client’s declaration describing the persecution and violence she suffered throughout her life in her home country, amended her asylum application, applied for and obtained a temporary employment authorization card and three subsequent annual renewals, represented her in her application to the New York Housing Authority, prepared her for her interview before an asylum officer held in July 2016, and advocated for the grant of her asylum through extensive correspondence and communication with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Newark Asylum Office. In December 2017, she was granted asylum.

The BC team received assistance through the years from Carolyn Rincon, Bonnie Lee, Ligia Jarquin and Jessica Fischweicher. The firm handled this case as a referral from Immigration Equality, the leading national LGBTQ immigrant rights organization, which provides free legal services and policy advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants.