Abeo was sexually assaulted and repeatedly attacked because of his sexual orientation. Living in Nigeria, a country with anti-LGBTQ laws, he fled to the United States seeking Asylum. He applied alone in 2018, but the slow process of gaining asylum was only increasing his emotional and psychological trauma. Receiving the referral from our community partner Center Global, a program of the DC Center for LGBT Community, we accepted Abeo’s case. DCVLP RELIEF Attorneys requested an expedited interview due to unique humanitarian need based on extenuating circumstances relating to his emotional health and financial stability. As a result, Abeo’s interview was expedited and Abeo was successfully awarded Asylum, a critical factor in enabling him to obtain a job and begin healing from the trauma he experienced.
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