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Refugee Assistance Project

Cases & Credits

A Nepali citizen forced to flee his country due to political persecution

Law Firm
Sullivan & Cromwell

Darrell Cafasso, Ari Lavine

Justice Center Project Management
Jennifer Kim, Martin York

Mr. R., a Nepali citizen, was forced to flee to the United States after being targeted by Maoist insurgents for his political activities. As an active member of the Nepali Congress Party and founder of a legal security group organized to defend his village from the Maoists, Mr. R. endured multiple threats to his life, including one at gunpoint.

Volunteer attorneys Darrell Cafasso and Ari Lavine of Sullivan & Cromwell documented and presented the client's claims to the Immigration Court in such a compelling manner that the judge, "one of the most fastidious and demanding in New York," called it "the easiest and most well-organized pro bono case" she had ever handled. Granting asylum, the judge added, "The world is a better place with [Mr. R.] in it."