Asylum Application for Client Persecuted on Account of Sexual Orientation

Patterson obtained asylum for our client, a gay man who fled Mexico after he was threatened by the family of his partner, who had recently died of AIDS. Our client feared that his partner’s family would physically harm him after they unjustifiably blamed him for his partner’s death, threatened him, ransacked his apartment and began following him around Mexico City. The Mexican authorities refused to offer our client protection because of his sexual orientation, and he traveled to the United States to seek asylum. Patterson prepared an asylum application that included statements from our client’s friends and family in Mexico and from professionals in the United States who helped him recover from the psychological trauma of being targeted in Mexico on account of his sexual orientation. We were able to demonstrate to the asylum officer that, even though Mexico has become increasingly tolerant of gay rights, the police force in Mexico refused to protect our client from persecution.