Angela Korge was successful in obtaining asylum in the United States for a Honduran national who is a lifelong activist for LGBT rights and a member of the LGBT community in her country. Due to the extreme prejudice against LGBT people in Honduras, this was truly a life or death matter for the client, who had been abducted, sexually assaulted, and endured almost daily harassment for years due to her identifying as a bisexual and an LGBT activist.
To achieve asylum for her client, Angela had to prove the violence she experienced was more than the violence people typically experience in Honduras, and that it was occurring solely due to the client’s sexual orientation. Also, because the client had previously attained a status of protection from the Interamerican Commission of Human Rights, Angela had to prove that Honduras’ police were not fulfilling this obligation.
“This case deeply spoke to me,” Angela said. “I felt strongly about helping someone who cared so much about helping others, even though she herself was in danger. It’s in situations like these that I truly appreciate the privilege of being able to serve those who deserve justice the most.”