English Speaking Sudanese Refugee wants to remain in the US to avoid religious and ethnic persecution.

Jamal* is a 37-year-old man from Sudan (now South Sudan) and is fluent in English. Jamal entered the US as a refugee in 1998 but did not obtain his green card. Jamal is now facing deportation following marijuana-related convictions in the U.S. Jamal fears returning to Sudan because his father was arrested and almost killed because of his political views. Jamal would likely face similar persecution if he returned to Sudan due to being Christian and Nuer. Jamal is now seeking an attorney to help him obtain a waiver that would permit him to get a green card despite these convictions or, due to his potential persecution, Withholding of Removal and protection under the Convention against Torture.

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Jamal* is a 37-year-old man from Sudan (now South Sudan). Jamal entered the US as a refugee in 1998 but did not obtain his green card. Jamal is now facing deportation following marijuana-related convictions in the U.S.  Jamal fears returning to Sudan because his father was arrested and almost killed because of his political views. Jamal fears returning to Sudan because his father was arrested and almost killed because of his political views. Jamal would likely face similar persecution due to his religion and ethnicity. Jamal and his family are Christian, which is a minority religion in Sudan; most people in Sudan, including government officials, are Arab Muslims. There is also an ethnic conflict going on in South Sudan and Jamal is part of the minority ethnic group, Neur. Jamal also suffers from PTSD related to traumatic events that occurred during his childhood. Jamal experiences flashbacks, nightmares, and memory issues due to his PTSD.

 

Since living in the US, Jamal has provided crucial support to his mother and father, who both have health issues, and to his brother. Specifically, Jamal has helped his parents set up doctors’ appointments and get medications for their health conditions. Jamal also helped her younger siblings in college and paid for his brother’s car. If Jamal were deported, his family would experience extreme hardship without his support.

 

Jamal has two convictions of marijuana possession and one conviction of sale/distribution of marijuana.

 

Jamal is now seeking an attorney to help him obtain a waiver that would permit him to get a green card despite these convictions or, due to his potential persecution, Withholding of Removal and protection under the Convention against Torture.

Timeline: Jamal’s Master Calendar (scheduling) Hearing is 7/23/2020. In response to COVID-19, the courts currently permit attorneys to attend all hearings telephonically.

 

Location: Farmville, Virginia (detained). Attorneys can schedule private calls with detained clients rather than conducting in-person legal visits

 

Language: English  

 

For more information about this case, please contact Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney Jennifer Grishkin at jennifer@caircoalition.org or 202-866-9287.

*Pseudonyms are used to protect privacy

Sample?
No
Opportunity?
On