ALRP Volunteer Attorney Helps HIV+ Brazilian Client Win Asylum


Just last month, our client, an HIV+ gay man from Sao Paolo, Brazil, was living in his car, unsure of what the next day would hold for him. Fearing return to Brazil where he would surely encounter violence and would struggle to acquire his HIV medications, the client chose to remain in the United States where he was forced to work under the table for low wages. With the election of a new president in Brazil that openly discriminated against LGBTQ folks, the client decided to apply for asylum. An ALRP volunteer Panel attorney helped this client prepare for his asylum interview, which took place on September 27, 2019. On October 1, he was granted asylum. With the help of ALRP volunteers, our client has now found steady employment and is serving as an activist in the LGBTQ/HIV community.