Somali CAT Victory in Arlington Immigration Court

Somali CAT Victory in Arlington Immigration Court

Hassan Ahmad writes: "We would like to share a CAT victory won for a Somali national.  Judge Harris of the Arlington, VA Immigration Court agreed with our argument that a young, Americanized male of Somali origin would be subjected to torture within the meaning of the Convention either at the hands of the nascent "Transitional Federal Government" of Somalia or the terrorist group Al-Shabaab.  Because he would suffer in a Somali jail, his treatment in government custody would constitute torture as he would be unable to prove his lineage and disprove association with Al-Shabaab.  Al-Shabaab, on the other hand, would forcibly recruit him due in part to his fluency in English.  The legal research and case preparation would not have been possible without the steely efforts of Ms. Carly Stadum-Liang, Esq., who has now joined Northern Virginia Family Services."