Wilmer* was born in the DR Congo and this is where he suffered persecution for being at the wrong time and at the wrong place. On February 27, 2011 unidentified people attacked the President’s residence with machine guns. He and two of his friends were jogging nearby and had to hide in a ditch of construction area in order to avoid being shot. While there Wilmer* and his friends were found by the Security Guard and they were accused of taking part in the attack. Wilmer* and his friends were taken to an underground prison within the Presidential compound. His friends were killed right in front of him and he was tortured for days. Eventually, Wilmer was able to escape and secure a Visa for the United States. Months later, in February 2012, while in the United States he filed an application for asylum. More than 4 years later, he had his interview with the Asylum Officer. Two more years passed and Wilmer received news about his asylum application: the application was denied because Wilmer had been found not credible during his interview. Wilmer* then hired attorney Bhagat to represent him in the Cleveland OH Immigration Court. Attorney Bhagat obtained from Immigration a copy of the application and supporting documents Wilmer* had filed on his own. She studied those documents in detail, researched country conditions in DR Congo, and determined what’s needed to reverse the results on Wilmer*’s case. After 2 long individual hearings, the Immigration Judge granted asylum status to Wilmer*. Wilmer* is now in the process of obtaining his green card. Soon he will be able to bring his wife and child to the United States. He has not seen them for more than 8 years. Wilmer* is extremely happy that soon he will be able to live a normal life in the United States with his wife and child who have been hiding and living in fear for the past 8 years.
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