Ilan Wong ’12, Sara Fraser ’13, and Natalie Serra ’13 from the Safe Harbor Clinic successfully gained asylum for their client, a transgender woman from Mexico. The client had taken critical steps in her gender transition and would have been in exceptional danger if she returned to her home country. Although she had been living in the U.S. for four years, the students gathered effective psychological and medical evidence, proving their client’s extraordinary circumstances and bypassing the requirement to file for asylum within one year of entering the country. The students represented their client at her asylum interview last summer and Raquel Liberman ’09, a former Safe Harbor clinician, served as the interpreter. After six months of waiting, in December, Safe Harbor learned that the client’s application had finally been approved.
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