LawFuel.com – Best Law Firm News Daily – Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati recently secured asylum for Amber Hamdi (not her real name), a young woman from Iraq who had served as a liaison between the Iraqi government and U.S. forces in Baghdad’s Green Zone. Her overt association with Americans made her the target of threats from a notorious insurgent group operating throughout Iraq, putting her, along with other Iraqis who have demonstrated any cooperation with Americans, in the “most hunted class” within the country, according to one expert on the matter.
In light of the threats posed by the militant insurgent group and the Iraqi government’s inability to protect U.S. allies in Iraq—Amber’s brother-in-law was assassinated because of a similar association with Americans—the asylum officer found Amber’s fear of future harm in Iraq to be well founded and approved her application for asylum. Amber now plans to continue her education in the U.S. The Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati pro bono team that provided representation to Amber in this matter included associates Daniel Gorback and Mark Padilla, and their assistant Ross Cruzada.