Pro Se Withholding Victory: El Salvador, Tattooed Youth

Pro Se Withholding Victory: El Salvador, Tattooed Youth

Matthew J. Lamberti, Staff Attorney at PIRC, writes: "I wanted to share a recent decision by Immigration Judge Morley, usually a Philadelphia Immigration Court Judge, but filling in last month for some York Immigration Court cases.  A young man from El Salvador recently won his withholding claim pro se, and shared a copy of the IJ’s decision with us.  The DHS did not appeal this decision.  All identifying information has been removed.  The applicant was able to take advantage of the EOIR-funded Legal Orientation Program provided by PIRC.  He also attended asylum workshops and one-on-one consultations, and PIRC was able to help with translation of some of his evidence.  The young man did a really great job of compiling research, collecting evidence, submitting his documents, and arguing his case.  He shares the decision in the hope that it might be useful to other pro se applicants and detention center service providers.  Country of origin: El Salvador; Particular Social Group: “tattooed youth””; Claim: well-founded fear of future persecution at hands of police, and at hands of gang members under gov’t acquiescence; Relief: withholding of removal." - Matter of X-, Sept. 13, 2012.