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Fleeing Persecution - A Family Finds Asylum

"Amani" is a 16 year-old girl from a middle-eastern country ruled by a repressive regime.  Her family has a history of political activism.  Her father was detained and tortured numerous times because of his pro-democracy beliefs.  Persecution of Amani's family culminated when pro-government forces followed Amani home and poured acid over her face.  Though permanently disfigured, Amani fled with her parents to Los Angeles. 

Public Counsel and volunteer lawyers helped the entire family win asylum.  Each year, our Immigrants' Rights Project assists hundreds of victims of persecution, domestic violence, human trafficking and hate crimes.