Mintz Levin Attorneys to Receive PAIR Project’s “Outstanding Achievement” Award

  Mintz Levin Attorneys to Receive PAIR Project’s “Outstanding Achievement”
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BOSTON -- June 13, 2013

Susan M. Finegan, Jamison B. Arterton, and John B. Koss, attorneys at Mintz,
Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., and Amarynth Sichel, a Project
Analyst at the firm, will receive the 2013 “Outstanding Achievement” award
from the Political/Asylum Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project at the
organization’s annual gala on June 19. The Mintz Levin team will be recognized
for their work on a political asylum victory for a Guatemalan massacre
survivor.

In 1982, members of the Kaibiles, an elite Guatemalan military branch,
massacred over 200 men, women and children of Mayan descent. A Guatemalan
nonprofit human rights group, working with Guatemalan and American prosecutors
on the case, discovered that members of the Kaibiles kidnapped at least two
Mayan children during the massacre. The nonprofit group identified Oscar, a
32-year-old man living in Framingham, Massachusetts with his wife and
children, as one of the kidnapped children. DNA tests confirmed that Oscar was
not the son of a former Kaibile leader, but rather the son of a former
resident of the Mayan village.

The DNA evidence and Oscar’s testimony are key elements of cases being
prosecuted in Guatemala and Spain against senior members of the military,
including the current president of Guatemala. As a result, Oscar would have
been in great danger if he were forced to return to Guatemala. In partnership
with a pro bono attorney in New York, Ms. Finegan, Ms. Arterton, Mr. Koss and
Ms. Sichel filed an asylum petition on Oscar’s behalf. In September of 2012,
he and his wife were granted political asylum.

“We are honored to present this year’s ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award to the
attorneys from Mintz Levin,” said Sarah Ignatius, Executive Director of the
PAIR Project. “It is a miracle that Oscar is alive. Even so, dealing with the
immigration system is vastly complex. Sue, Jamie, John and Amarynth put forth
a tremendous effort, navigating complicated legal and procedural obstacles, to
achieve this important victory for Oscar and his family.”

“Our team is thrilled to be recognized by PAIR for our work on this case,”
added Ms. Finegan, a Member of Mintz Levin’s Litigation Section and Chair of
the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. “It was an honor to work with Oscar and we are
delighted that we were able to help him gain asylum.”

The PAIR Project is a nationally recognized pro bono model that works to
secure safety and freedom for asylum-seekers who have fled from persecution
throughout the world and to promote the rights of immigrants unjustly
detained. The organization is the premier provider of pro bono legal services
to asylum-seekers in Massachusetts.

For more information about Mintz Levin please visit www.mintz.com.

Contact:

MINTZ LEVIN
MEG O’DONNELL, 617-348-4956
MSODONNELL@MINTZ.COM
 
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