Chicago partner Dave Sudzus and associate Jeanna Palmer Gunville have won an asylum case on behalf of a pro bono client referred to the firm by the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC).

The client had applied for asylum in the United States via the affirmative asylum process. Prior to fleeing to the United States, he had been an active participant in opposition politics in his home country. As a result, he was targeted, detained, threatened and tortured by government-sponsored paramilitary groups and police forces.

Dave and Jeanna drafted a brief in support of the application for asylum, prepared the client for an interview with the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services’ Chicago Asylum Office, and advocated for him during the proceedings, resulting in the approval of his request for asylum.

The NIJC is part of Heartland Alliance and focuses on providing direct legal services and advocacy to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. It has offices in Chicago, Indiana, and Washington, D.C., where it trains and works with hundreds of pro bono attorneys to assist more than 10,000 individuals each year. NIJC is one of the six core pro bono partner organizations of Drinker Biddle’s Chicago office and currently supports the firm’s attorneys in other ongoing asylum matters.