May 12, 2017

The Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic had a big victory this week when one of their clients, “Mr. L.,” a Jamaican national, won his quest to avoid deportation. He was facing the possibility of torture or death if he returned to Jamaica.

Alexandra Jarymowycz ’18, and Steven Ashur ’17, worked on the case beginning in September 2016. They appealed the deportation order that Mr. L. had received when represented by his previous attorney and won the appeal of that decision from the Board of Immigration Appeals in December 2016. 

The case was remanded to the immigration court and, after litigating his case during the spring semester, the students won his protection from removal from the Varick Street Immigration Court.

The immigration judge concluded that Mr. L. had established a claim under the United Nations Convention Against Torture Act claim. The clinic demonstrated that it was more likely than not that Mr. L. would be tortured in Jamaica and that the Jamaican government would acquiesce in that torture.  

Mr. L. was released in May, after 17 months of detention.

“It feels pretty awesome to get my freedom back,” Mr. L. said. “I always had faith in the team. I always said, ‘you guys are the dream team.’ If it wasn’t for this school ... maybe I wouldn’t have my freedom today.”