After the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Amar stepped forward to translate for the U.S. Army. He hoped his efforts would help heal his country. Instead, he was treated as a traitor and marked for death by insurgents. He and his brothers were repeatedly threatened with death.
Amar applied for and received refugee visas for himself, his brothers, and his mother, Zhara. However, Zhara did not want to leave her home country and decided to stay behind.
A few years later she travelled to the U.S. to visit her sons. When the terrorists discovered she was in the U.S., they delivered threatening letters to her home with bullets attached to demonstrate their intent to murder her. The letters explicitly stated that she would be killed if she returned to Iraq.
Amar brought Zhara to our office just a few weeks before her visitor visa status was to expire. As you might imagine, she was in tears. Amar wanted to add her to his refugee case. We explained that was impossible but that she had a strong case for asylum.
We prepared detailed affidavits for Amar, Zhara, and other family members explaining the threats she would face if she returned to Iraq. We attended her asylum interview and provided volumes of evidence, showing the threats faced by Iraqis affiliated with the U.S. government, and presented a written argument.
Fifteen days after her interview, Zhara was granted asylum. She remains safe with her sons and their families here in the U.S.