Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Victory in Bolivian Gay Asylum Case – Arlington Immigration Court

Jan Pederson writes: "Immigration Judge John Bryant of the Arlington Immigration
Court today [Apr. 27, 2012] granted political asylum to a gay Bolivian who filed his asylum
application almost ten years after entry.  The Court found that the applicant’s
serious and continuing PTSD, depression and anxiety; the applicant’s
youth and lack of lack of knowledge of the availability of asylum based on
sexual orientation constituted extraordinary circumstances for waiving the one
year bar to asylum and further that the applicant filed within a reasonable
period of time.  The applicant was eighteen years old when he entered the United
States.  He was unable to speak about the horrific and sadistic sexual abuse he
suffered based on his sexual orientation at the hands of both government officials
and private actors until he had worked with a mental health therapist at the
Whitman Walker Clinic and was referred to an immigration lawyer