Pro Bono Victory – Hamoui Family Receives Unanimous Ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
On Monday, March 29, 2004, a diverse group of five attorneys joined together in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to present the Hamoui family case for political asylum and stay of deportation. If deported back to Syria, the family would face interrogation, detention, torture, and possible execution.
After a long and hard journey that included ten months of imprisonment, the Hamoui’s received the news of which they had been longing to hear. On Monday, November 8, 2004, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision (click here to view), reversing the government’s deportation order and directing the Immigration Naturalization Service to review the Hamoui’s case for asylum. Given the strength of the Hamoui’s case, there is every reason to expect that – finally – they will prevail.
The Hamoui case provides an illustration of pro bono work at its best, when it was desperately needed.
The Hamoui case has garnered media attention on local and national levels. Media outlets in the Puget Sound area have been diligent in following the Hamoui case. Articles that appear in the November 9, 2004, editions of the Seattle Post Intelligencer and Seattle Times can be found via the links below. Interviews with the Hamoui family were also aired on KOMO 4, KING 5 and KIRO 7, respectively.
Seattle PI Article
Seattle Times Article