Kasowitz Obtains Citizenship for Central African Republic Political Asylee
Kasowitz Benson Torres has secured U.S. citizenship for a pro bono client who fled the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2009 after being tortured severely by the CAR government, which arrested him on numerous occasions on account of his advocacy for peace and unification of the CAR and his involvement with an opposition political party in the CAR. In 2014, as a law student at Georgetown University and through its Center for Applied Legal Studies Clinic, Kasowitz associate Andrew H. Elkin obtained asylum in U.S. Immigration Court for the refugee. After Mr. Elkin joined Kasowitz, the firm agreed to represent this client in his application for U.S. citizenship and in his son’s application for citizenship. In December 2023, our client was awarded citizenship at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Kasowitz Benson Torres associate Andrew H. Elkin handled this pro bono matter under the supervision of partner David J. Abrams, Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.