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December 16, 2022

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In partnership with Human Rights First, Stroock Associates Sarah M. DellaCrosse and Ida Phair and Paralegal Melissa Seawright, secured a pro bono victory on behalf of a young Russian family seeking political asylum in the United States.

While living in Russia, the family—a mother, father, and their young child—lived in constant fear of arrest and imprisonment because of their public protests of the Putin regime and support for an opposing political party.  On several occasions, Russian government officials illegally searched their home, threatening to place their young daughter in an orphanage.

Stroock began representing the family in April 2020, shortly after their arrival in the United States. The team filed an asylum application, including a comprehensive briefing and hundreds of pages of supporting documentation, and waited over two years for an asylum hearing.  At a hearing on December 15, 2022, the immigration judge granted the family’s asylum application from the bench.

Through the Stroock's Public Service Project, the family will be assisted in securing work authorization renewals and access to more permanent housing.

About Human Rights First

Human Rights First is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) with the mission of ensuring that the United States is a global leader on human rights.

About the Stroock's Public Service Project

Stroock’s Public Service Project continues the firm’s longtime commitment to serving the public interest. With the primary focus on providing legal assistance to underserved and under-resourced communities, the PSP practice offers a multidisciplinary approach to delivering comprehensive legal services. To learn more about Stroock’s award-winning Public Service Project, please click here.

About Stroock

Stroock provides strategic transactional, regulatory, and litigation advice to advance the business objectives of leading financial institutions, multinational corporations, and entrepreneurial businesses in the U.S. and globally. With a rich history dating back over 145 years, the firm has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, D.C. For more, visit www.stroock.com.

December 16, 2022

Press Release

In partnership with Human Rights First, Stroock Associates Sarah M. DellaCrosse and Ida Phair and Paralegal Melissa Seawright, secured a pro bono victory on behalf of a young Russian family seeking political asylum in the United States.

While living in Russia, the family—a mother, father, and their young child—lived in constant fear of arrest and imprisonment because of their public protests of the Putin regime and support for an opposing political party.  On several occasions, Russian government officials illegally searched their home, threatening to place their young daughter in an orphanage.

Stroock began representing the family in April 2020, shortly after their arrival in the United States. The team filed an asylum application, including a comprehensive briefing and hundreds of pages of supporting documentation, and waited over two years for an asylum hearing.  At a hearing on December 15, 2022, the immigration judge granted the family’s asylum application from the bench.

Through the Stroock's Public Service Project, the family will be assisted in securing work authorization renewals and access to more permanent housing.

About Human Rights First

Human Rights First is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) with the mission of ensuring that the United States is a global leader on human rights.

About the Stroock's Public Service Project

Stroock’s Public Service Project continues the firm’s longtime commitment to serving the public interest. With the primary focus on providing legal assistance to underserved and under-resourced communities, the PSP practice offers a multidisciplinary approach to delivering comprehensive legal services. To learn more about Stroock’s award-winning Public Service Project, please click here.

About Stroock

Stroock provides strategic transactional, regulatory, and litigation advice to advance the business objectives of leading financial institutions, multinational corporations, and entrepreneurial businesses in the U.S. and globally. With a rich history dating back over 145 years, the firm has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, D.C. For more, visit www.stroock.com.

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