America’s story begins with refugees fleeing religious oppression in England. Since the seventeenth century, this country has welcomed and sheltered those fleeing violence, repression, and a lack of freedom in their homelands. Although the process has undergone remarkable changes, U.S. law still affords refuge to the oppressed and persecuted and offers a chance to live a life of dignity and opportunity.
Today’s refugees face a multitude of challenges their predecessors did not. The opportunity to come to the U.S. is severely limited and those who succeed in making it here do so at great peril. Upon arrival, they risk detention while fighting for their human rights and the chance to be heard. The risks and obstacles of their journey speak to the compelling circumstances that caused them to act on that most human instinct — the chance to create a better life for themselves and their children.
U.S. law provides protection to those who demonstrate a reasonable fear of harm based upon their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Generally, however, this country does not provide protection to people who are fleeing general conditions of unrest, civil war, or other political upheaval. The harm feared must be on account of one of these five protected grounds. Thus, refugees seeking protection in the U.S. from violence in their home country must be careful to present their claim in a way that satisfies this vital “on account of” requirement.
Benach Collopy attorneys will take the time to understand your story, the conditions in your home country, and the persecution you fear if forced to return. We will work with you to present your claim in a way that meets the standard for asylum under U.S. law. Benach Collopy will listen to your story and understand your concerns, motivations, and fears. We will use that understanding to present your case to an asylum officer or immigration judge in the most compelling way. And we will work to ensure that you understand how your story fits within the law, so that we you much explain your persecution claim to the officer or the judge, you can present your case in the most forceful way.
Every winning asylum claim is a story. Benach Collopy will give you the time and attention to understand your story and develop a strategy for presenting the claim in a way that enhances your request for asylum. We will learn about you and your family, research the conditions in your home country, and strive to expand the law where necessary to give you the greatest chance of success.
Benach Collopy attorneys have worked with clients from around the world and from all walks of life. At the core of our asylum practice is the belief that all people deserve to live in safety and dignity regardless of their race, religion, political views, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Benach Collopy believes in the promise of America to continue welcoming and sheltering those who face oppression in their homelands. We believe that this country is enriched by the addition of those who have the strength of will to make the dangerous journey to America in search of freedom, just as people have done for the past four centuries.