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Keith H. Fichtelman Secures Asylum for Pro Bono Client

November 12, 2018 – Lee, Hong, Degerman, Kang & Waimey proudly announces that Keith H. Fichtelman successfully represented a pro bono client with obtaining asylum in the United States.

With assistance from the Los Angeles based Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, Keith represented S- H- in his application for asylum before a United States Immigration Court.  S- H- is a young man from Eritrea who was seeking political asylum in the United States.  S- H- fled Eritrea after being detained in Eritrea after speaking about deplorable living conditions for he and fellow students at the government run high school in Sawa, Eritrea.  In response to S- H-‘s criticism of the school, the Eritrean government imprisoned S- H- for three months and subjected him to near daily beatings and torture.  S- H- eventually escaped from imprisonment and eventually made his way to the United States.

After arriving at the United States border in May 2018, S- H- was detained at the ICE detention center at Adelanto, California. 

Keith successfully argued during a one-day trial that S- H- was entitled to asylum protections in the United States.  The court granted S- H-‘s application at the conclusion of trial and released him that same day.

Keith is a litigator with a focus on international disputes.  Keith is dual-qualified as a US attorney (California & New York) and a solicitor of England and Wales.  Keith regularly represents and advises clients regarding complex commercial disputes in various international arbitral forums and state and federal courts across the United States.  Keith is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, but has frequently visited the firm’s Seoul and London offices to serve his global clients.

Keith’s full bio can be found at:

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