Pro Bono Client Secures Resettlement

January 15, 2020

Cleary Gottlieb assisted pro bono client Mr. A, an Iraqi refugee fleeing persecution due to his sexual orientation, with his refugee status determination and resettlement.

Mr. A is a young gay man who fled to Turkey from Iraq after suffering severe torture, imprisonment, and persecution. After settling in Turkey, however, Mr. A continued to face harassment and threats to his safety.

Mr. A was referred to the firm by the International Refugee Assistance Project. The Cleary team assisted Mr. A in applying for refugee status with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Once his refugee status was granted, Cleary obtained Mr. A’s resettlement in a safe country. After a two-year process, Mr. A settled in Canada in the fall of 2019. He is very excited to be starting his new life.