Kasowitz Receives 2012 Safe Haven Pro Bono Award
The firm was awarded a 2012 Safe Haven Pro Bono Award from Immigration Equality, a national organization providing legal aid and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive immigrants and refugees. The firm received the award for its work on behalf of LGBT refugees seeking asylum in the United States. The firm was also recognized by Immigration Equality as a “Gold Star” firm for taking at least five case referrals during the past year. The clients whom the firm successfully represented in obtaining asylum included: a transgender Sri Lankan woman; a gay Jamaican with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his persecution; and a gay, HIV-positive man from Barbados. Kasowitz currently represents clients referred by Immigration Equality from eight different countries, including a gay couple from Mauritania, where homosexuality is a crime punishable by death. The firm was one of five firms, out of 40 nominees, to receive the award. Several Kasowitz attorneys worked on Immigration Equality matters during the past year, supervised by firm partner and pro bono coordinator David J. Abrams.